Fadil Hadžić

23.04.1922, Bileća, Bosna i Hercegovina - 03.01.2011, Zagreb, Hrvatska


Fadil Hadzic, film director and screenwriter, writer (mainly comedies),
travel writer, outstanding journalist and feuilletonist, was born on April 23th,
1922, in Bileca in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from Akademija
likovnih umjetnosti
in Zagreb. In the former Yugoslavia, he was the editor
and co-founder of many magazines (Kerempuh, Vjesnik u srijedu,
and others). He was the founder and art director of the theatres
(former Jazavac) and Komedija and a manger of the
Hrvatsko narodno kazalište
in Zagreb. He was one of the founders of animated
film in Croatia, as well as the film festival in Pula. As a director he made his
debut with the animated film Začarani dvorac u Dudincima (1952). In 1961
he directed his first feature film, Abeceda straha. Next he made a comedy
Da li je umro dobar čovjek? (1962), and a war film Desant na Drvar
(1963). For his film Službeni položaj (1964) he won the Big Golden
at the Pula festival. Until the mid seventies he made six more films,
the most of witch famous are Protest (1967), Sarajevski atentat
(1968), and Idu dani (1970). In 1972 he made his acclaimed film Lov na
. After a longer break, in 1979 he made his best film, Novinar.
In the eighties he made Ambasador (1984), and in 2003, after a lull of nineteen years, he made his film Doktor ludosti. In 2005, he made his latest film so far - the comedy Lopovi prve klase.


Lopovi prve klase (2005)
Doktor ludosti (2003)
Ambasador (1984)
Novinar (1979)
Lov na jelene (1972)
Idu dani (1970)
Divlji anđeli (1969)
Sarajevski atentat (1968)
Tri sata za ljubav (1968) Protest (1967)
Konjuh planinom (1966)
Druga strana medalje (1965)
Službeni položaj (1964)
Desant na Drvar (1963)
Da li je umro dobar čovjek? (1962)
Abeceda straha (1961)
Zemlja s pet kontinenata (documentary) (1961)
Začarani dvorac u Dudincima (animated) (1952)

Films by this director

Abeceda straha

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1961)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter

A young girl, a member of Young Communists, comes into a family of an “Ustasha” chief to work as a maid. She pretends to be illiterate. Her task is to get her hands on important documents – a list of spies sent by the enemy to the freed territory. This task is very dangerous, and she has to be especially careful because of Elza, Ustasha’s older daughter and a fiancée of a German officer, who doesn’t trust her. Sasa, the younger daughter, is still a child and she tries to teach the ma...

b/w, 35 mm, 98'

Back of the Medal

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1965)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Nenad Jovičić

This film follows the fate of a woman accused of embezzlement. The investigator doesn’t believe that she did it for herself and begins to investigate her past… This is an engaged social drama with criminal elements.

b/w, 35 mm, 100'


(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1967)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković

A young assembler, Ivo Bajsic, commits suicide, jumping off of a skyscraper in the middle of town. His suicide is the biggest news on front pages and causes interest in his fate. But nobody knows why the young man killed himself. Through flashbacks we learn the hard life of the young man. The leading role is played by Bekim Fehmiu, one of the rare Albanian film actors in the cinematography of former Yugoslavia.

b/w, 35 mm, 86'

Divlji anđeli

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1969)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković

This is a story about four young delinquents from different social environments who decide to rob a store, each for his own reasons. They were inspired by films and crime stories and carry out the robbery according to a detailed plan…

color, 35 mm, 94'

Idu dani

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1970)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Frano Vodopivec

This is the story of a strange character who permanently awaits something… This film expresses the director’s modern sense of humor of absurdity. Ivo Skrabalo, in his book 101 godina filma u Hrvatskoj, wrote that this film is a “Balkan variation of a theme from Waiting for Godot, in which persiflage didn’t quite work out”. The film can be regarded as an experiment and the leading man, Ivica Vidovic, is outstanding.

color, digital restauracija, 100'


(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1979)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter

Journalist Vlado Kovac works in a daily political newspaper but has problems with his superiors. Soon, he has a quarrel with the chief editor who refuses to publish his article about the workers’ strike. Kovac is convinced that there is no danger in revealing the truth and that his editors, in order to keep their positions, want to stay in good relations with everyone. His wife leaves him and he begins to think that he is fighting in vain… This film won the Golden Arena for the best di...

color, 35 mm, 110'


(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1984)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić

This is a family story of a former Spanish soldier and a partisan, a retired ambassador. The film revolves around a meeting and a conversation between the respectable ambassador and a worker who comes to his house to fix the heating. This is a family drama that shows the reality of contemporary life and social relationships.

color, digital restauracija, 96'

Službeni položaj

(Yugoslavia: Serbia, 1964)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomislav Pinter

This is a story of a few clerks in a company who use their positions to achieve their own material security. We learn the reasons that lead to unlawful actions, embezzlements, and personal dramas. The film revolves around a polemic dialogue in one of the offices…The film won the Golden Arena at the Pula film festival.

b/w, 35 mm, 96'

Lov na jelene

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1972)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Milorad Jakšić-Fanđo

After many years, Ivan Šušnjar returns to his hometown, which he escaped from after WW II when he was the state officer of the Independent State of Croatia and feared the new Communist government. Upon his arrival, he finds out that he had been wrongly accused for being a member of Ustasha movement, and that local partisans have taken all his possessions. He wants to prove the truth and faces his enemies…

b/w, digital restauracija, 102'

Tri sata za ljubav

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1968)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Frano Vodopivec

Mlada i privlačna Maca kućna je pomoćnica kod imućnog bračnog para intelektualaca. Jedino slobodno vrijeme koje može posvetiti sebi jest nedjeljno poslijepodne. Upravo te nedjelje Maca izlazi s prijateljicom Ankicom koja dolazi s dečkom Zizijem i naočitim mladićem Rikijem. Nakon plesa Riki želi seks s Macom, no ona ga odbija i vraća se u stan, gdje je čeka gazda s istim prijedlogom...

color, 35 mm, 100'

Posljednja čerga


Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jure Ruljančić

This is a documentary about one of the last gypsy tents. Ješa and his family have a traditional lifestyle, visiting different towns, selling pots and telling fortunes. Nevertheless, more and more gypsies decide to settle down and abandon the nomadic lifestyle. Ješa and his gypsy tent have a hard time surviving.

b/w, 16 min

Da li je umro dobar čovjek?


Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Branko Ivatović

Petar is a retired man who wants to earn some money in order to build a monument to his deceased wife. He gets a job in a department store and his task is to find people who do not pay their bills on time, but he is too naïve and goodhearted for that kind of work. Slowly he gets entangled in a web of interpersonal relations between his clients.

35 mm, b/w, 105 minuta

Hokus pokus


Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković

This is a funny satire about the Yugoslav concept of working hours and work in general in comparison to Western European standards. Most Yugoslavs believe that their working hours are well suited to their culture and habits, and that they would have a hard time adjusting to European standards.

b/w, 16 min

Desant na Drvar

(Yugoslavia: Croatia, 1963)

Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Branko Ivatović

All over Yugoslavia the Partisans resist the German occupation. Milan and his younger sister are Partisans in Drvar. She is a bit offended because Milan is overprotective and does not allow her to join the fight. At the same time, German army General Rendulitz, following Hitler’s personal command, decides to launch an attack at the partisan headquarters in Drvar and kill Tito to break the resistance.

b/w, digital restauracija, 105'



Directed by: Fadil Hadžić
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ivica Rajković

This is a documentary about the carnival tradition in the village Cerkno near Idrija. Wooden masks are considered one of the most precious personal items and carnival traditions are of great importance to the entire community.

color, 9 min
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