Aleksandar Petrović (film director)

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Aleksandar Petrović
Aleksandar Petrovic
Born (1929-01-14)14 January 1929
Paris, France
Died 20 August 1994(1994-08-20) (aged 65)
Paris, France
Other names Aleksandar Sacha Petrovitch
Occupation Film director and screenwriter
Years active 1955–1989
Awards Cannes Palme d'Or
Nominated 1962 And Love Has Vanished
Nominated 1967 I Even Met Happy Gypsies
Nominated 1969 It Rains in My Village
Nominated 1977 Group Portrait with a Lady
Pula Golden Arena for Best Director
1965
Three
1967
I Even Met Happy Gypsies
1972
The Master and Margaret
Website
Official Website [1]

Aleksandar "Saša" Petrović (14 January 1929 – 20 August 1994) was an acclaimed Yugoslav film director who was one of the leading European directors in the 1960s and one of the major figures of the Yugoslav Black Wave. Two of his films were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film : Three in 1966[1] and I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Feather Gatherers) in 1967.[2] “I Even Met Happy Gypsies” (“Skupljaci perja”) is the first movie that presents the existence of Gypsies in society and in everyday life. It is also the first full-feature film where Gypsies speak their own language, Roma. Most roles are interpreted by real Gypsies; this is their movie. “As a child, I observed them and saw in these people faith and irrationality,” said Petrović[3] “I Even Met Happy Gypsies” won the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. It also received a nomination for a Golden Globe.[4] In 1967 Petrović was a member of the jury at the 17th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

One of his most famous films is It Rains in My Village. Petrović found inspiration for this film in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Possessed.[6] The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival[7]

In 1973, Petrović was forced to leave his post at the Belgrade Film Academy after being accused of holding anti-communist views by the communist government of Yugoslavia. In late December 1989 he joined the founding committee of the Democratic Party in Serbia, the first opposition anti-communist party in Serbia.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
Year Film Other notes
1958 The Only Way Out ("The Only Exit")
(Jedini izlaz)
Director
1961 And Love Has Vanished ("When Love Has Gone")
(Dvoje)
Director, writer
Nominated—Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
1963 Days
(Dani)
Director
1965 Three
(Tri)
Director, writer
Pula Big Golden Arena for Best Yugoslav Film
Pula Golden Arena for Best Director
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1967 I Even Met Happy Gypsies
(Skupljači perja)
Director, writer
Pula Big Golden Arena for Best Yugoslav Film
Pula Golden Arena for Best Director
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
1968 It Rains in My Village
(Biće skoro propast sveta)
Director, writer
Nominated—Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
1972 The Master and Margaret
(Majstor i Margarita)
Director, Based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov writer in collaboration with Barbara Alberti, Amedeo Pagani
Pula Big Golden Arena for Best Yugoslav Film
Pula Golden Arena for Best Director
1977 Group Portrait with a Lady
(Grupni portret s damom)
Director, writer after the novel by Nobel prize winner Heinrich Böll,
, Nominated—Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival
1981 The Falcon
(Banović Strahinja)
Writer only
1989 Migrations
(Seobe)
Director, writer in collaboration with Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Documentaries and short films
Year Film Other notes
1955 SHOULDER TO SHOULDER ("Side by side")
(UZ DRUGA JE DRUG)
Director
1956 FLIGHT OVER THE SWAMP ("Flight Above The Marshes")
(LET NAD MOČVAROM)
Director
1957 PETAR DOBROVIĆ
Director
1958 THE ROADS
(PUTEVI)
Director
1960 THE WAR ON WAR (War Against The War")
(RAT RATU)
Director
1964 RECORD ("The Data")
(ZAPISNIK)
Director
1965 ASSEMBLIES ("Fairs")
(SABORI)
Director

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  2. ^ "The 40th Academy Awards (1968) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  3. ^ http://www.aleksandarpetrovic.org/english/biography/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/?param=/year/1968.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1967: Juries". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  6. ^ hr:Bit će skoro propast svijeta
  7. ^ http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/2548/year/1969.html
  8. ^ Vlastimir Sudar, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović" (Bristol: Intellect, 2013; ISBN 978-1-84150-545-9)

<Golden Globes="Golden Globes"> http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/?param=/year/1968.  Missing or empty |title= (help) • Vlastimir Sudar, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović" (Bristol: Intellect, 2013; ISBN 978-1-84150-545-9)

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