Multiple-time Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival for When Father Was Away On Business and Underground.
His first work in film was a small acting role in the 1972 film Walter Defends Sarajevo, which was funded by the Yugoslavian government.
He began living in Drvengrad, a town built specifically for his film Life is a Miracle, in the mid-2000s.
He had children named Stribor and Dunja with Maja Mandić.
He and Life and Nothing But director Bertrand Tavernier both won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival.