Velimir Živojinović, was born on 5 June 1933 in Jagodina. Together with Milena Dravić and Ljubiša Samardžić, he made a part of a trio of the most-loved film actors and one of the pillars on which Yugoslav and Serbian cinematography rested. He was nicknamed Bata by his sister, and his nickname become much more recognisable than his real name. He was also considered an actor being a real man of the people. He entered the world of art by peeping through the theatre window in which a rehearsal of a play was performed. As he used to say, he had no nerves to wait for Hamlet and he jumped into the film train. Bata Živojinović was somewhat of a lone ranger, a John Wayne of the Yugoslav partisan films. In his 57-year-long career, he acted in more than 350 films and TV series: I Even Met Happy Gypsies, Kozara, Birch, The Master and Margarita, Three, Balkan Express, Pretty Village, Pretty Flame, Let’s Go On... Owing to the film, he was privileged to have his morning coffee with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and make friends with Orson Welles. Due to his role in Walter Defends Sarajevo, he was a favourite actor of the hundreds of millions of viewers in China as well. As a man attached to his family, he refused the invitation from Hollywood. Bata was a founder and the first Chairman of the Serbian Film Actors Association. He died on 22 May 2016, taking his road to legend.
Ljubiša Samardžić, was born in Skopje on 19 November 1936. He was one of the greatest and the most award-winning actors of Serbian and Yugoslav cinematography. The nickname Smokie followed him since he acted in the same name film role. As a student of the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television, he won a scholarship for the Atelje 212 Theatre, however he permanently tied his career to film. He used to say that his favourite role was in the film Hamlet in Mrduša Donja, because his commitment and affiliation to film showed through this role. For his role in Morning, he received the prize Coppa Volpi at the Venice festival. His director's debut, was a film titled Sky Hook, followed by the films Nataša, Wasteland, Autumn Comes My Dear Quince, Black Stallions, Scent of Rain in the Balkans... He is the author of a testamentary, documentary, autobiographical film Panta Rhei. He acted in a number of cult films and series, such as: One Too Many, Battle on the Neretva, Savamala, Life is Beautiful, Death of Mister Goluža, Where Do the Wild Boars Go, Dimitrije Tucović, Love Life of Budimir Trajković, Policeman from Petlovo Brdo, Hot Wind… He died on 8 September 2017, bequeathing his many awards, diplomas and prizes to the Yugoslav Cinematheque.
Mira Stupica, was born on 17 August 1923, in Gnjilane. According to many, she is the greatest Serbian actress. Alongside Milena Dravić, she was declared the actress of the 20th century. With her husband and director, a leading figure Bojan Stupica, she built both the foundations and heights not only of the theatre life in the region, but also those of culture in the widest and most complete sense of the word. Cheerful, energetic, above all charming, charismatic... Her laughter, as people said, used to rend even the stars. Her talent, as well. And her wisdom. During her visit to Paris with the plays Dundo Maroje and Jegor Buličov, the hosts, seeing what kind of actress she was, gave her the clothes of Sarah Bernhardt, which were only accessed by the special ones. She played Petrunjela, Mirandolina, Baroness Castelli, Gloria, Nastasia Filipovna, Saša Negina, Grushenka, Madamme Saint Gene, Princess Xenia, the greatest characters of domestic and world classical and modern literature. She received all the significant theatre and movie awards and acknowledgements. She published the book of memoires A handful of salt, in 2000. She reclaimed from oblivion actress Žanka Stokić and, by establishing the award with her name, restored her at the scene of the National Theatre and to the collective memory, as well. She died on 19 August 2016.
A Montenegrin by origin, Slobodan Aligrudić was born on 15 October 1934 in Bitola. Had he not been an actor, he would have been a football player in Partizan. He was close to completion of the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television. In the sixties, Atelje 212 theatre where Mira Trailović had already gathered Zoran Radmilović, Slobodan Cica Perović, Petar Kralj, Bora Todorović, Bata Stojković, Milutin Butković and Vlada Popović, was only missing Alija to complete the octet of creators of the theatre’s good spirit, lasting even to this day. For his fastidiousness—as they used to say—in theatre affairs, he left Atelje and strode into the world of motion pictures giving his face and voice to characters in more than 90 films, television series and plays. The roles of antiheroes and complete characters in film noir were tailored to suit him: Dream, Ambush, Early Works, Once I am Dead and Pale, Love Case or the Tragedy of the Postal Clerk… The films Do You Remember Dolly Bell? and Father Is on a Business Trip directed by Emir Kusturica have marked his career. He died relatively young on 13 August 1985, being not even 51.
Predrag Laković was born in Skopje on 28 March 1929. He was famous for his nickname Peppie. He belongs to the generation of first post-war graduates of the course of acting at the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television in 1952. He started his career at the stage of the Belgrade Drama Theatre, just like the majority of his Academy peers, and performs on radio and television since the beginning of the Television Belgrade. Among other things, he mastered, with great authenticity, the roles of the little people from the margins of life, warm but unremarkable, melancholic loners and bohemians: barbers, shop owners, waiters, caretakers, train drivers, teachers now and then, journalists. He excelled in some of his most important roles at the stage of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre in plays: Sunset, Three Sisters, Croatian Faust, Battle of Kolubara, Deleted Road… He acted in more than a hundred of films and television series, among which: Bachelors, Tradesmen,Tradesmen, A Hanging Home, The Kharms Case, Life is Beautiful, Father Is on a Business Trip, The Minister’s Wife, Better Life… He is a laureate of the October Award of the City of Belgrade for his role in the film Magpie Strategy. He drowned in the Tisa river on 9 September 1997, whose banks gave him peace and refuge during his life.
Sonja Savić was born on 15 September 1961, in Čačak. She graduated in 1982, as the most talented actress of the generation 1977. She is one of the most talented, most beautiful and most special actresses of the Yugoslav and Serbian film. Her sensibility glittered in a special way on the movie tape. As someone noticed, Sonja was the last generation of artists who lived and died for ideals. She did not like classical theatres, she was attracted to alternative scenes. She built up and raised urban culture in the most beautiful manner. Vinyl skirt and jacket on naked body were not in fashion before her, she used to paint her nails black with Indian ink, because there was no black nail polish at the time. She was called the ’icon of rebellion’ in Ljubljana and she was impressed by it. She used to claim to be a part of punk generation, talented people who spoke what others think, but cannot say. Her career was also marked by the movies Una, To Live Like Normal People, The Decline of Rock ’n’ Roll, Sugar Water, Strangler vs. Strangler, Balkan Spy, We Are Not Angels... She received the Special Award in Venice for the role in the movie Life Is Beautiful. She died on 23 September 2008, young, at the age of 47.
Milorad Mandić was born on 3 May 1961, a Belgrader. He wanted to become a pilot, but he grew up rapidly and couldn’t fit into a plane! After the graduation, he became a memeber, leading actor, and later the director of the Boško Buha Theatre. He made his own name, surname and a nickname Manda. He started the renovation of the Theatre, fighting for the dignity of the profession and dignity of the youngest audience. His acting charisma was adorned by lavish gift for comedy. He emphasized that the theatre was ’’the last oasis of coherent thoughts, the place where precious experiences are acquired and memories are built, where knowledges, statements and emotions are exchanged.“ Among other things, he was a traffic policeman in the TV show On the other side of the rainbow and making the childhood of the 90s generations beautiful. He used to say: “Everything that happens to me is - fate, award and doom.“ He was not given the chance to take a bow for the last time, because he died on 15 June 2016, in the middle of the show Peter Pan, at the scene of the Buha theatre. Young, at the age of 55. The award for acting achievement in the field of comedy bears his name and it is given at the Niš festival of acting achievements in domestic cinematography Movie encounters.
Nebojša Glogovac, a Herzegovinian, was born in Trebinje on 30 August 1969. After graduation in 1994, he became a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. A huge talent, reflectiveness, emotionality were his strength and driving force with which he filled his soul and the souls of others. Until the end of his life he devoutedly occupied himself with acting through which, as he said, he could better understand other people and life itself. With his acting creation he made a character he played alive, working, walking... He could capture the fullness of life and the essence as well, which he could transform into pure art. He accepted great applause as a returned emotion and thought. Dedicated, open, unburdened by fame, receptive... He was a Hamlet in his maturity, a Hamlet for antology and remembrance. He acted in the following movies and plays: Sky Hook, Huddersfield, Premeditated Murder, Powder Keg, Storm, Metamorphoses, Thunderbirds, Trap, Suspicious person, Constitution of the Republic of Croatia... His opus is a cultural asset. He received almost all major movie and theatre awards: Sterija Award, Tzar Constantine Award, Golden Arena, Miloš Žutić Award, Zoran Radmilović Award, Milivoje Živanović Award... and Dobrica’s Ring for Lifetime Achievement, posthumously. He died in Belgrade, on 9 february 2018, young, at the age of 49.
Expert collaboration: Association of Drama Artists of Serbia.
Artistic realization: MA Marina Kalezić, academic painter.