BUKVIĆ Raša Radivoje
Radivoje Bukvić was born in 1979, in Sombor. His mother is a judge, his father urban planner. His childhood was marked by the breakup of Yugoslavia, with poverty and convoys of refugees that flooded in his native town. He found shelter from all the chaos surrounding him playing in the drama studio at his primary school. That is when he fell in love with the theatre and decided to go on the stage; so, when he finished the third grade of secondary school, he enrolled the Faculty of Drama Arts. He studied acting under the mentorship of Professor Biljana Mašić. During his student years, he tried his acting skills in several theatres in Belgrade, as a freelance artist, having played around thirty different roles in that period. His most memorable role was his portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in the play Vincent in Brixton staged at the Belgrade Drama Theatre. In 2005, he was invited to come to France to play in the movie French California (2006) directed by Jacques Fieschi. It proved to be the invitation that turned his life around. The movie was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and Radivoje was well-received by moviegoers. In no time, he was contacted by several talent agencies from Paris, and before long he was called by the EuropaCorp and offered a role in the movie Taken, produced by Luc Besson and starred by Liam Neeson. Only a few weeks later, he was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor awarded by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques. The young film actor was thus introduced into the European film industry and his fame started to rise in the world of cinema. In the subsequent period of seven ears, Radivoje appeared in more than a dozen movies, including Largo Winch (2008), Goodbye Morocco (2012), Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (2009), Beloved (2011). In 2010, at the Berlin International Film Festival, he was contacted by the talent agency Das Imperium, and in 2012 his German agent secured him a casting call for the role of the main villain in the movie A Good Day to Die Hard (2013). Four months after the casting, he got a call from Los Angeles and eventually appeared in this movie along with Bruce Willis. He spent six months shooting this movie in Budapest, which was enough for the Management 360 talent agency based in Los Angeles to notice Radivoje and to offer to represent him in the USA, which Radivoje accepted readily. So, he moved from France to California, and in that period he appeared in action thriller films Transporter Refueled (2015), Run All Night (2015), and Our Kind of Traitor (2016). In 2015, while he was staying in Serbia, Radivoje met Marija Bergam, actress from Belgrade; they immediately fell in love and married shortly after. In the same year, their son Danilo was born. The family decided to settle in Belgrade, while Radivoje continued to travel and work between Paris, Belgrade, and Los Angeles. Having spent ten years away from Serbia, his home country, Radivoje was offered to play in his mother tongue again, and he got a role in the TV series Besa (2018), an intriguing crime story made in regional co-production, which stood out in 2018 having brought together filmmakers from the former Yugoslav countries.