Davor Dujmovic – he was one completely different man. He carried the burden of the luxurious talent within himself and with himself, without big words and visible effort, with his head up, playing his roles till the end, regardless of the price. Davor was not a Gypsy but he was the king of Gypsies. He was the Perhan in “The time of the Gypsies” and in life, he had a soul and he also had the cross – his acting talent and the other talent to give his everything for those he loved, for his family and his friends.
Davor Dujmovic was born in Sarajevo on September 20th 1969. His acting career started as in some movie script, totally by chance. At the time, Davor attended second grade of the Music school and almost on a daily basis, after his classes, he came by his father’s who worked at the Sarajevo market “Markale” at the time. As in fairytales, one day, he was in the nearby restaurant with his father when Emir Kusturica came by out of nowhere and offered him to take part in the audition for the role in the movie “When father was away on business”. This first Davor’s encounter with Kusturica shall mark his life and give him signs of travel through his career throughout the rest of his life. This movie, just before the premiere and entrance into European and world movie scenes was awarded with GOLDEN PALM in Cannes and the doors of the film art opened to Davor in a great style. Although he was not accepted as a student at the Academy of Scene Art in Sarajevo, Davor didn’t stop there, but with faith in himself and in his natural acting talent, he was offered a significant role in the movie “The Magpie Strategy”.
Being almost eighteen years old, Davor Dujmovic gets his most significant role in his life, the role of Perhan in Kusturica’s movie “The Time of the Gypsies”. With this role, where Davor was brilliant on the movie screens worldwide along with Sinolicka Trpkova, he gets the title of the most talented young actor in Europe. Also, Davor and Trpkova were awarded as the best acting couple across the former Yugoslavia. After “The Time of the Gypsies” movie, Dujmovic already progressed through Kusturica’s private school of film, as a strikingly firm actor, tried his skills in the Theatre where he very successfully played the role of Captain Scott in the “Moonplay”. The rest of his career sets alive some very prominent roles in movies: “Holiday in Sarajevo”, ”Vengeance of the Rose”, ”Underground” and “Belle Époque”. After this, he reaffirms his presence in the constellation of the best young actors of that time in the episode roles of the TV series: “My brother Aleksa”, ”Stories from Sarajevo”, ”Band of brothers”,”Top lista nadrealista”- where he showed his talent in the roles filled with Monty Payton type of humor.
During his artistic work and engagement in the movie, TV and Theatre projects, Dujmovic was positively characterized by the film critics. He was compared with a great movie star Dustin Hoffman… and therefore there will always be a doubt why he was not accepted as a regular student at the Sarajevo Film Academy.
At the beginning of ’90-ties, Dujmovic engaged in serious use of narcotics. This was the period of Davor’s life where through the landscape in the fog, he is trying to tame his hyperactive talent, to get down on the earth trying to stop using narcotics and to continue being the best naturally gifted actor.
That is the time period when Yugoslavia started falling apart, and when one artistic temple called Yugoslavian cinematography seized to exist. When the war started Davor was in Sarajevo, the city where he was born and which he loved with childish joy and passion.
First months of the war he remained in Sarajevo with his family and then disappointed and artistically destroyed with happenings in BiH and in Sarajevo, he moved to Belgrade, where he continued to work with Kusturica… After the war was over, together with Andrej Gartner, Davor Dujmovic founded “Culture Foundation” of Republika Srpska. From Banja Luka he moved to Slovenia where he started a whole new life with his girlfriend. He spent his free time out in nature with horses. Unfortunately, in this period he played the last role in his life, which ended his life and his artistic career tragically in May 1999.
Although Davor Dujmovic is physically not with us anymore, he shall remain eternal in his roles in which he will always be remembered by the movie fans, Sarajevo people, his friends and his family.