Book Launch: A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident

A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović

by Vlastimir Sudar

A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident is the first study on Aleksandar Saša Petrović (1929-1994) - one of Socialist Yugoslavia's greatest film directors. By far the most awarded on a national level, winning three Golden Arenas at the Yugoslav Pula Film Festival, as well as prizes at Cannes and Oscar nominations in 1967 and 1968, his film I Even Met Happy Gypsies (Skupljači perja, 1967) was seen by 200,000 people in Paris alone and was the first film ever to be made in the Romany language. Its popularity started the trend of the subsequently even more popular 'Gypsy films'. This study revisits Petrović's intriguing work - while closely surveying its context - and is a fresh contribution to a bourgeoning area of interest.

Speakers are:

Pamela Church Gibson (Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies, University of the Arts London, and co-editor of The Oxford Guide to Film Studies)

Kieron Corless (Deputy editor of Sight & Sound magazine, British Film Institute)

Irena Bilic (Artistic Director of 'L'Europe; Autour de L'Europe' Film Festival, Paris, France)

Wine Reception to Follow!

14 November 18h

Masaryk Common Room 4th Floor, School of Slavonic and East European Studies 16 Taviton Street London WC1H 0BW

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