Did You Know Montenegro Had An Academy Award Winner?

By , 05 Jun 2018, 09:46 AM Lifestyle

Dušan Vukotić was a Montenegrin cartoonist, author, and director of animated films. He is the best-known member of the Zagreb school of animated films.


June 5, 2018 - Vukotić was born in Bileća to father Radovan Vukotić and mother, Darinka Vučinić. His father Radovan was a Royal Yugoslav Army offices who got by the invading Wehrmacht force during the Nazi German invasion of Yugoslavia, spending the remainder of World War II in the Osnabrück prison camp. His mother Darinka was a daughter of Milutin Vučinić, Montenegrin army officer, and prime minister. His paternal grandfather Mojaš "Kinjo" Vukotić who died during the 1912-1913 Siege of Scutari was serdar Janko Vukotić's brother.

In 1953, Vukotić became one of the founding members of Zagreb Film. He worked there for over four decades and directed cartoons such as Cow on the Moon.

He won an Oscar for best animated short in 1961 for Surogat ("Ersatz"), being the first foreigner to do so.


Another of his films, Igra ("The Game"), was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964.

After the 1960s, he rarely made short animated films, making three full-length movies - a fantasy tale for children, Sedmi kontinent ("The Seventh Continent", 1966), an action movie, Akcija Stadion ("Operation Stadium"), about the resistance of Zagreb students to the Ustaša regime in 1941, and the science fiction/horror parody Gosti iz galaksije ("Visitors from the Galaxy of Arkana", 1981). In 1963, he was a member of the jury at the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival.

He also taught film directing at the Zagreb Academy for Dramatic Art from the founding of its Film department in 1967 until his retirement in the early 1990s.

After 1973, he was a member of the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts.

In 1994 he received Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb.

At the time of his death, Vukotić prepared a production of his new science fiction movie, co-written by the Croatian science fiction writer Aleksandar Žiljak.

Vukotić died in Krapinske Toplice near Zagreb at the age of 71.

Source: Wikipedia

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