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Goran Paskaljević

Goran Paskaljević
Goran Paskaljević at the 2010 KVIFF.
Born (1947-04-22) 22 April 1947
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Occupation Film director, screenwriter and producer
Years active 1969 - present
Awards Berlin Golden Bear for Best Film
Nominated 1978 The Dog Who Loved Trains
Cannes Palme d'Or
Nominated 1985 Special Treatment
Venice Golden Lion for Best Film
Nominated 2001 How Harry Became a Tree
Festróia Golden Dolphin for Best Film
Nominated 2002 How Harry Became a Tree
San Sebastián Golden Shell for Best Film
Nominated 2004 Midwinter Night's Dream
Valladolid Golden Spike for Best Film
1995 Someone Else's America
2006 The Optimists
Pula Golden Arena for Best Director
1976 Beach Guard in Winter
1980 Special Treatment

Goran Paskaljević (Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Паскаљевић, pronounced ) is a Serbian film director. Born in Belgrade, he was raised by his grandparents in Niš, following the divorce of his parents. 14 years later he returned to Belgrade where he worked with his stepfather at the Yugoslav film archive.

He graduated from the well-known Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). He has made 30 documentaries and 16 feature films, shown and acclaimed at the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian…). The rise of nationalism in Yugoslavia forced him to leave his country in 1992. In 1998 he went back to make "Powder Keg" (aka "Cabaret Balkan", in the USA) which won international critics' prizes (FIPRESCI) at the Venice Film Festival and at the European Film Awards. In 2001, Variety International Film Guide marked him as one of the world's top five directors of the year. The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) presented a full retrospective of his work in January 2008. It was BFI Southbank's (London) turn to organize in July 2010 a full retrospective of his 16 feature films, along with the publication of a monograph (in English) about his work. Goran Paskaljevic lives between Belgrade and Paris. He has both Serbian and French citizenship.


  • Pan Hrstka (1969) - short film
  • A Few Words About Love (1970) - short film
  • Legend of Lapot (1972) (TV) - short film
  • Servant (1973) (TV) - TV drama
  • Children (1973) - short film
  • "Burden" (1974) - short film
  • Kapetan Janko (1974) - documentary
  • Iz pobede u pobedu (1975) - documentary
  • Beach Guard in Wintertime (Čuvar plaže u zimskom periodu) (1976) - feature film
  • The Dog Who Loved Trains (Pas koji je voleo vozove) (1977) - feature film
  • These Earthly Days Go Rolling By (1979) - feature film
  • Sipad (1979) - documentary
  • Special Treatment (Poseban tretman) (1980) - feature film
  • Twilight Time (1982) - feature film
  • The Elusive Summer of '68 (Varljivo leto '68) (1984) - feature film
  • Guardian Angel (Anđeo čuvar) (1987) - feature film
  • Time of Miracles (Vreme čuda) (1989) - feature film
  • Tango argentino (1992) - feature film
  • Someone Else's America (1995) - feature film
  • Cabaret Balkan (Bure baruta) (1998) - feature film
  • How Harry Became a Tree (2001) - feature film
  • Midwinter Night's Dream (San zimske noći) (2004) - feature film
  • The Optimists (Optimisti) (2006) - feature film
  • Honeymoons (Medeni mesec)
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