Vedran Senjanović is a Croatian film director and screenwriter. Born in 1976 in Zagreb, Croatia, Senjanović began his education in the performing arts at the age of 16, attending the Academy of Music in Zagreb to study acting. After graduating, he began working in the theater, appearing in numerous productions in Croatia and abroad.
In 2000, Senjanović decided to pursue his interest in filmmaking and enrolled in the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. After graduating in 2004, he began directing music videos for local bands. In 2006, he wrote and directed his first short film, "The Return of the Dead Man", which was selected for the 2007 Zagreb Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize.
In 2008, Senjanović wrote and directed his first feature-length film, "The Black Sun". The film was a critical and commercial success, and it won several awards at film festivals around the world. In 2010, he followed up with his second feature, "The Tree", which was also well-received.
In 2012, Senjanović wrote and directed "The Last Move", a drama about two young men struggling to cope with the aftermath of the Croatian War of Independence. The film won several awards at film festivals, including Best Film at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
In 2016, Senjanović wrote and directed his third feature film, "The High Sun". The film tells the story of three intersecting love stories set in three different time periods in Croatia, and it was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. The film won the Jury Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as numerous other awards.
Senjanović's films often explore themes such as loss, love, identity, and the effects of war. His work is characterized by its unique visual style, and he has been praised for his ability to evoke emotion through his use of imagery and sound.
Throughout his career, Senjanović has won numerous awards for his work, including the Croatian Film Association Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. He is considered one of the most promising filmmakers of his generation, and his films have been screened at festivals around the world.