Borna Zidarić is a Croatian film director and screenwriter born in 1984. He is best known for his critically acclaimed feature films What a Country! (2013) and The Reaper (2016).
Zidarić studied film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. He graduated in 2009, and his short film "Lemonade" won the Grand Prix at the Zagreb Student Film Festival that same year.
In 2013, Zidarić released his debut feature film What a Country!, a social drama set in a small Croatian village. It was a critical success, receiving praise from both critics and audiences at film festivals around the world.
The following year, Zidarić wrote and directed The Reaper, a horror film about a man who finds himself in a strange place and is pursued by a mysterious figure. It was a box office hit in Croatia, and won awards at various international film festivals.
In 2017, Zidarić released his third feature film, Take Me Somewhere Nice, a coming of age drama about a young woman who travels to her father's small village in the Bosnian mountains. It was well-received by critics and audiences alike, and won several awards at international film festivals.
Zidarić's work is known for its strong focus on social themes, and for its nuanced, realistic portrayals of his characters. He has been praised for his ability to combine dark, complex stories with a light, playful visual style.
In addition to his feature films, Zidarić has also directed several award-winning short films, and has served as a jury member at various international film festivals. He is currently working on his fourth feature film, a drama about a man who is struggling to make sense of his life.
Borna Zidarić is one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from Croatia in recent years. His films have earned him international acclaim, and have established him as one of the leading lights of Croatian cinema.