“God, if you give me
another life after death,
let me be a Gipsy.
Let me choose one of the paths myself:
a path of joy which would
make me a happy man or
a path of death and an encounter with you.”
Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic was the leading author of the new Yugoslav film, director, screenwriter, essayist and film theorist. He introduced the cinematography, which had been devoted to ideological, literature and theatrical conventions in that time, with modern cinematic expression and new sensibility through the open world of metaphors, strong poetic expression, inspired cinematics and reflexivity. He experienced the world success with films: Three (,,Tri”, 1965, the Grand Prix Award in Karlovy Vary and an Oscar nomination), I Even Met Happy Gipsies (,,Skupljači perja”, 1967, the Grand Prix Jury Award and the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar nomination), It Rains in my Village (,,Biće skoro propast sveta”, 1968) and Master and Margarita (,,Majstor i Margarita”, 1972). The TV series Migrations 2 (adapted from the second novel by Milos Crnjanski, the greatest Serbian writer of the XX century), his testamentary work, remained unfinished.
The main award of the Auteur Film Festival has carried the name of Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic since 1995.
According to the will of Mrs Branka Petrovic, the wife of the great director, the 5000 EUR award has been provided by the Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic Foundation since 2013.
The official Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic site: www.aleksandarpetrovic.org