Tanja was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and studied Film and TV Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade. Post-graduate studies of directing finished at University of Hamburg. She worked as a director and screenplay writer in Berlin, Hamburg and Belgrade. During her career she made about 15 short movies, 2 middle length movies and 3 feature documentaries.
Her films were shown on film Festivals all over the world (Los Angeles, Cannes, Paris, Prague, Moscow, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Kiev, Tokyo, etc.) and won prizes : Sehsüchte in Potsdam 2003, Shocking Short Award von 13th Street 2002 (award Master Studies at Universal Studios LA), Deutscher Filmschulpreis in silver 2002, Bergischer Filmprize 2007, Palermo 2009 and others.
She is member of European Film Academy.
Since 2004 she is intensively involved in media education of children and young people. She conducts workshops for youngsters at the age from 9 to 18. Through the theory and practice she tries to bring the young generations closer to the handcraft and creation of filmmaking and TV.
2020 >> SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF THE MUTT<< production // documentary // author, director // Talas Film
2019 >> GOD’S WILL << short fiction // author, director, editor // Filmkraftwerk
2018 >> THE CHINESE WILL COME << post production // documentary // author, director, editor // Talas Film
2015 >> JOVICA AND HIS TEETH << (74 min) //documentary // author, director, editor // Talas Film
2008 >> JELENA‘S WORLD << (80 min) // documentary // author, director, producer // Talas Film // Filmkrafwerk
2006 >> ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT << (61 min) // middle lenght fiction // author, director, producer // Filmkraftwerk Production
2002 >> BY MY SIDE << (25 min) // short fiction // director // Hamburger Film Werkstatt
2001 >> WEDDING DAY << (10 min) // short fiction // director // Hamburger Film Werkstatt
2000 >> PASSING THROUGH << (5 min) //short fiction// director // Hamburger Film Werkstatt
1999 >> THE MOMENT << (10 min) // short fiction // director, screenplay , producer
1998 >> DON‘T EXPLAIN << (45 min) // short fiction // director // FDU
1994 >> THE STRONGER ONE << (17 min) //short fiction // director // FDU
17ème Festival du Court-Métrage Méditerranéen de Tanger, Marocco
Religion Today, Trento, Italy
Sedicicorto, Forli, Italy, Popoli e Religioni, Terni, Italy
Beldocs, Belgrade, DokFest Münhen, Belgrade Documentary Film Festival -Martovski, AJB Doc- Sarajevo, One world, Wien, Festival of etnological film, Belgrade
feature documentary / animation
Producer Talas Film
with Vuk Palibrk
Produced by Talas Film
As four nuns set out from Saint Nino to collect berries, they are confronted by the greatest examination of their spiritual lives: they must decide what to do with the war criminal they find injured in the woods.
Country: Serbia, Germany
Director: Tanja Brzakovic
Screenplay: Tanja Brzakovic
DoP: Aleksandar Kalezic
Sound Recording: Mladen Marjanovic
Sound design: Milos Drobnjakovic
Editing Tanja Brzakovic
Cast: Ana Bauk, Jovana Bozic, Jelena Bosanac, Tinja Dosen Kalezic, Vladimir Tesovic, Lilu
Producer: Jelena Bosanac
Award: Audiance Award Sedicicorto, Forli, People and Religion, Festival Religion Today,Trento
Synopsis: Farmer’s family, living on cities edge, fighting with their own ignorance and state bureaucracy; young couple, withshop in province, torn between obligations toward family in China and their personal ambitions; female ensemble ofmiddle-aged shop owners, escaping the monotony of their moldy shops in a dance; worker in a shopping mall, lostbetween his Chinese and his Serbian identity; girls growing up between shop shelves and products with etiquettes “Made in China” from Italy and Turkey. Chinese President in his official tree-day visit to Serbia. Prime Minister ofSerbia is celebrating this visit as “historical”- the beginning of economical rescue of Serbia.
Award: Best National Documentary at Festival of Etnological Film, Belgrade
Synopsis: Jovica lives in Kosovo, in Serbian enclave, in village situated in the hills, with 30 Serbian children, 11 of which are his brothers and sisters. The first thing you notice about Jovica are his teeth. They are black, rotten, devastated by caries. His family lives on the social help and child allowance. With cutting and selling the logs Jovica can’t contribute a lot to the improvement of their life standard. This is why he has to find better job. For the work in the catering, he has to repair his teeth. Naturally, one needs a lot of money for new teeth. Where could he earn it when there is no job in enclave? New teeth, passport, any kind of job, leaving enclave - that is the route Jovica is dreaming of. But how can he leave when they all depend on him?