MARIA DJURKOVIC (UNITED KINGDOM)
Maria Djurkovic was our hero Vilnius, Lithuania (2018).
Production designer Maria Djurkovic’s diverse body of work showcases her keen attention to period detail and a distinct perspective on the global landscape. Djurkovic is currently designing The Little Drummer Girl for Park Chan Wook. her second venture into the world of Le Carré, after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Last year, she spent 10 months in Budapest working with Francis Lawrence on Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence. She recently reunited with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson for The Snowman. Filmed entirely in Oslo and rural Norway, The Snowman stars Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson. For Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey, Djurkovic created a gold prospecting facility in the wilds of Indonesia, and re-created early 1980s New York City.
Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash brought Djurkovic and actors Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson to a remote villa on the Italian coast. A Bigger Splash was met with critical praise upon its debut at the Venice Film Festival in 2015.
Djurkovic was nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA and Art Director’s Guild Award for Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Tomas Alfredson’s widely acclaimed adaptation of John LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy garnered BAFTA and Art Director’s Guild nominations for Djurkovic’s design and won her the European Film Award. Djurkovic also received Art Director’s Guild Award nominations for Stephen Daldry’s beloved The Hours and Billy Elliot.
Djurkovic’s additional production design credits include Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair; Christine Jeffs’s Sylvia; Woody Allen’s Scoop and Cassandra’s Dream; Phyllida Lloyd’s blockbuster Mamma Mia!; Peter Howitt’s Sliding Doors; Brian Gilbert’s Wilde; The Invisible Woman for director Ralph Fiennes; and Benjamin Ross’s The Young Prisoner’s Handbook.
For television, Djurkovic earned an Emmy nomination for HBO’s “RKO 281,” starring Liev Schreiber and directed by Benjamin Ross.
In 2016, Djurkovic proudly accepted an honorary fellowship from Oxford University’s Worcester College, Djurkovic’s alma mater. In 2002, Djurkovic was honored with the Women in Film and Television Technical Achievement Award.