Far from the realism in style in Yugoslav films from the sixties, Alexander Petrović connects people’s individuality to their psychological conflicts, eroticism, and poetic discourse. This intimate film is a meditation about solitude broken by a brief meeting between a married woman living an unexcited life and a student, a man who is able to put a smile on her face again, at least for one day.

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Direction: Aleksandar Petrović
Script: Aleksandar Petrović, Bora Ćosić, Dušan Matić, Dušan Stojanović
Cinematography: Aleksandar Petković
Editing: Mirjana Mitić
Sound: Dusan Aleksić
Music: Vasilije Belošević
Actors: Olga Vujadinović, Ljubiša Samardžić, Tatjana Lukijanova
Production: Avala Film
Producers: Veljko Despotović
Costumes: Mira Glisić
Sets: Nikola Rajić
Make Up: Zorica Ratarov
Format: DCP
Color: B/W
Production Country: Yugoslavia
Production Year: 1963
Duration: 74΄
Contact: Delta Video

Aleksandar Petrović

Aleksandar Petrović was born in Paris on January 14th, 1929. His parents, Dragomir and Anka, studied in France after World War I. The Petrović family moved back to Belgrade in 1930. In 1947, Petrović went to the Academy of Film in Prague (FAMU), but for political reasons, returned to Belgrade in 1948. He then started working as an assistant director and film and art critic, and continued his studies in art history. His first short film Flight Above the Marshes represented Yugoslavia for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival in 1957. In 1961, his only son Dragan was born and suffered from encephalitis which left him handicapped for the rest of his short life. In 1966, Petrović’s third feature film Three was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. In 1967, I Even Met Happy Gypsies received the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. Petrović was one of the first intellectuals to oppose Slobodan Milosevic and took a strong stance against nationalism and war until his death. In 1987, Petrović finished shooting his final film, Migrations, starring Isabelle Huppert and Richard Berry. Aleksandar Petrović died in Paris on August 20th, 1994, before seeing the Migrations premiere.


1955 Shoulder by Shoulder (short doc)
1956-1957 Flight Over the Marshes (short)
1957 Petar Dobrović (short)
1958 The Only Exit
1958 The Roads (short)
1960 The War on War (short)
1961 And Love Has Vanished
1963 Days
1964 Record (short)
1965 Assemblies (short)
1965 Three
1967 I Even Met Happy Gypsies
1968 It Rains in My Village
1972 The Master and Margarita
1977 Group Portrait with Lady
1989 Migrations – The Most Glorious of Wars