Aleksandar Petrović (film director), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Aleksandar Petrović (film director)

film director

Date of Birth: 14-Jan-1929

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 20-Aug-1994

Profession: screenwriter, university teacher, film director

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Aleksandar Petrović (film director)

  • Aleksandar "Saša" Petrovic (14 January 1929 – 20 August 1994) was a Yugoslav and Serbian 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 and I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Feather Gatherers) in 1967.
  • The latter (original title "Skupljaci perja") was the first movie that presented the existence of Gypsies in society and everyday life; it was also the first full-feature film where Gypsies spoke their own language, Roma.
  • Most roles were interpreted by real Gypsies; this was their movie.
  • "As a child, I observed them and saw in these people faith and irrationality," said Petrovic 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.
  • In 1967 Petrovic was a member of the jury at the 17th Berlin International Film Festival.One of his most famous films is It Rains in My Village.
  • Petrovic found inspiration for this film in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Possessed.
  • The film was nominated for a Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1969 Cannes Film FestivalIn 1973, Petrovic 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.

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