Festival to show 15 films by Serbian director

A major retrospective of the work of Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is to be screened during November’s Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece.

The retro covers 15 pics, including his first short, “Mister Hrska,” classics such as “The Dog Who Loved Trains” and “These Earthly Days Go Rolling By,” and his latest pic, “Honeymoons,” which screened in the Venice Days sidebar and is showing as part of Toronto’s Masters section.

It’s the first major retrospective of Paskaljevic’s work since New York’s Museum of Modern Art screened 14 of his films in January last year.

Despina Mouzaki, Thessaloniki’s festival director, said the retrospective was a fitting tribute during its 50th anniversary edition.

“The humanist work of Goran Paskaljevic, defying stereotypes and avoiding didactics, reflects — in the best possible way — the need to reposition ourselves in a society that is rapidly changing,” Mouzaki said.

“Honeymoons,” a story about two couples trying to escape their homelands for a new life in Europe, is the first-ever Serbian-Albanian co-production.

Screenings in Venice helped secure European distribution deals, Paskaljevic told Variety. His company Nova Film, which is based in Paris and Belgrade, inked all-rights deals for France and Belgium with Eurozoom, and with Trigon-film for Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Pic previously sold to Wonder Film for Spain.

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