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A Retrospective of films by Goran Paskaljević in Spain

The Madrid Filmoteca Española and the Catalan Cinematheque in Barcelona have organized a retrospective of films directed by the renowned Serbian film maker, Goran Paskaljević.

The selection of films consists of seven titles: Someone Else’s America, Cabaret Balkan, How Harry Became a Tree, Midwinter Night’s Dream, The Optimists and Honeymoon. 

The latest film by Paskaljević, When Day Breaks had its Spanish premiere at the opening of both retrospectives, with the director present, and it opened in theatres across Spain on the 23rd of February. 

Paskaljević’s oeuvre was introduced at the Madrid showcase by Fernando Lara, film historian and theorist, who was director of Valladolid Film Festival for twenty years, during which period Paskaljević was awarded the Golden Spike Grand Prix three times, a feat previously achieved only by Ingmar Bergman. 

In front of a capacity crowd, including representatives from the Serbian Embassy in Spain, as well as members of Ivo Andrić Serbian-Spanish Society, Paskaljević answered questions by the audience for more than an hour. On this occasion, he also received the Grand Prix for the best film at the Merida Film Festival.  

The day after the Madrid opening, Paskaljević travelled to Barcelona for the opening of the other retrospective titled Goran Paskaljević – a Great Director, a Modest Man.

The opening speech on his works was given by the director of the cinematheque, Esteban Riambau, who used the opportunity to invite Paskaljević to come back to Barcelona at the end of March, after the retrospective is finished, in order to have another meeting with the audience, which greeted the director with a thundering applause in a chock-full theatre.

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