Goran Paskaljević


Two young couples get ready to leave their home countries Serbia and Albania hoping to find a better life in Western Europe. But there is a lot in the way of the fulfillment of their dreams, particularly the fact that the obstacles that are in the way of their journeys carry in them the story of a past that they had believed was long-forgotten. HONEYMOONS is the first Serbian-Albanian coproduction ever.

Serbia/AL 2009
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
95 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./frz. UT
Eröffnungsfilm 19. IFFI
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How Harry Became a Tree – Kako Je Hari Postao Drvo

Ireland, 1924. Harry’s favourite son, Patrick, was killed during the Civil War. His wife Annie died of a broken heart shortly after. Harry continues to live with his son, Gus, in their small house on the edge of the village of Skillet, but he gradually becomes more and more withdrawn. One grey day, he has an absurd idea: Why not find himself an enemy? After all, if love seems to have left him with nothing, perhaps hate can give him back some relish for life…

I, F, GB, IR 2001
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
100 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
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Illusive Summer ’68 – Varljivo Leto 68

Set against the backdrop of liberalization in Marshal Tito’s Yugoslavia in 1968, this comedy is about the coming of age of Petar as he looks for love just about anywhere, now that he has discovered it exists. His father is a distant sort who wants him to focus on his grades so he will have a chance of a good future (and be a good Marxist). Meanwhile, Petar has a crush on his beautiful teacher and wreaks havoc with his academic standing by trying to get back at her for bathing in the river with her male companion. This affront to his feelings is soon forgotten when he meets a charming young woman… read more

Midwinter Night’s Dream – San Zimske Noci

Serbia, winter 2004. Lazar returns home after ten long years in prison. He discovers that the apartment where he used to live is now occupied by a woman, Jasna, the single mother of a 12-year-old autistic girl named Jovana. They are Bosnian refugees who have been squatting and have nowhere else to go. Lazar empathizes with Jasna and allows her and her daughter to stay. Little by little, these social castaways form a tight kinship as they grow closer together.

SRB 2004
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
95 min, Colour, 35mm, Original with English subtitles
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Five scenarios in which people have trouble distinguishing truth from illusions. Each segment reflects the motto of Voltaire’s Candide: “Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad.” (IMDb)

Serbia/Spain/Switzerland 2006
Regie: Goran Paskaljevic
95 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 06

Powder Keg – Bure Baruta

Book-ended by a cabaret-style master of ceremonies, the film is a stark illustration of the hell-hole that Yugoslavia has become as it follows assorted characters (some of whose paths eventually cross) during a freezing winter’s night in Belgrade. A young man who accidentally crashes into another car is assaulted at home by thugs; a policeman, whose body has been badly broken, faces the man who beat him up; a desperate bruiser murders his best friend with a bottle before killing himself and a troubled girl with a grenade and, as with most other scenes, there is a lot of pointless, uncontrolled violence. read more

Someone Else’s America – Tudja America

The story revolves around Alonso, a Spaniard and owner of the “Paradiso” , a run-down bar where he lives with his blind mother and his friend Bayo. The best of friends, Alonso and Bayo are united in believing that they will succeed in the ‘Land of Opportunity’, despite much evidence to the contrary. Bayo’s family then follows him to New York, but his beloved youngest son is drowned during the dangerous journey. Unable to cope with his grief, Bayo blames his eldest son Luka for the tragedy. Luka, however, turns out to be the salvation, transforming “Paradiso” into a trendy ethnic restaurant. read more

Special Treatment – Poseban Tretman

Providing a larger social and political commentary, this occasionally hilarious but consistently funny comedy looks at a closet alcoholic, Dr. Ilich, who treats alcoholism in others with an iron hand and a zany therapeutical approach. With Wagner’s music, a diet in which apples figure prominently, and exercises that look like a chicken trying to take off and fly, the doctor is convinced his patients will be cured. What really ails most of them is what caused their alcohol problem in the first place, so when the eccentric doctor takes six of his patients to a nearby brewery to demonstrate the success of his treatment, chaos results. read more

When Day Breaks – Kad Svane Dan

Misha Brankov is a retired music professor. One morning he receives a letter requesting him to contact the Jewish Museum in Belgrade. At the museum, he learns that during some excavations on the sewers at the city’s Old Fairgrounds, an iron box was found in the same place where an infamous concentration camp was set up for Serbian Jews and Gypsies during the Second World War. The contents of the box will change the Professor’s life…  

SRB, F, CRO 2012
Regie: Goran Paskaljević
90 min, Colour, 35mm, Original with English subtitles
IFFI Prize of Honour
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