Dušan Kovačević was born in 1948 in Mrđenovac, at the border of Voïvodina (Serbia). He is certainly the most well-known dramatic Serbian author as well in his country as abroad. Author of twenty plays translated in more than fifteen languages, among which The Marathon family run their lap of honour”, ”Radovan III”, ”the balkan spy”, and the play ”spring in January” which was used as a basis for Underground. In 2005 he was appointed ambassador of Serbia in Lisbon.
Dušan Kovačević : With Emir, I wrote sixteen versions of the scenario of Underground. That represents more than 2000 pages of text. When we agreed to make a film of it, I worked for more than three years. It is a kind of work one could not make any more today. We were a group of workaholics, directed by Kusturica, towards and against all the external pressures. When the industry of the cinema is computerized, this kind of craft industry is not possible any more .
We went on the basis of a story, that of my play, before the war burst but then, we could not avoid this subject. We were working on the scenario while all the events in the country occurred ; the third part of film became synchronous with the bursting of ex-Yugoslavia.
Dušan Kovačević has directed two films, adapting his own scripts :
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