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Zlatko Burić wins best European actor award

Zlatko Burić Kićo becomes first Croatian actor to win European Oscar

Zlatko Burić Kićo – third from right – wins a European Film Award (Photo credit: Sigurjon Ragnar/European Film Awards)

Zlatko Burić – Kićo (69), who for decades has lived and worked in Denmark, has become the first Croatian actor to win the prestigious European Film Award.

The Osijek-born actor won the Best Actor award at the 35th European Film Awards held last night in Reykjavík, Iceland for his role in the film Triangle of Sadness by Swedish director Ruben Östlund. 

Triangle of Sadness, which won four awards last night, is a riotous satire about class roles and the bad taste of extreme wealth and was shown at this year’s Zagreb Film Festival. 

The Croatian film and theatre actor is one of the founders of the Zagreb alternative theatre troupe Kugla Theatre. After the breakup of the group, he moved to Denmark. 

He earned his professional breakthrough with a prominent role in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy (1996), followed by a string of film and TV projects, including Stephen Frears’ thriller Dirty Pretty Things (2002). 

He has appeared in a number of notable roles in Croatian films, including Hana Jušić’s Quit Staring at My Plate (Venice 2016 – FEDEORA Award). His most recent role is in this year’s Cannes laureate, Triangle of Sadness (Golden Palm 2022) directed by Ruben Östlund.

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