Goran Paskaljevic studied at the well-known Prague school of cinema (FAMU). He has made 30 documentaries and 15 feature films, shown and acclaimed at the most prestigious international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian).
The rise of nationalism in Yugoslavia forced him to leave his country in 1992. In 1998 he went back to make Powder Keg (aka Cabaret Balkan in the USA) which won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival and the European Film Awards. In 2001, Variety International Film Guide marked him as one of the world’s top five directors of the year.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) presented a full retrospective of his work in January 2008. Furthermore, the BFI Southbank (London) has just finished running a full retrospective of his 15 feature films, along with the publication of a monograph in English about his work.
At San Sebastian Festival, Paskaljevic landed the FIPRESCI Award in 1990 for Vreme cuda (Time of Miracles) and in 2004 he carried off the Special Jury Prize with San zimske noci (Midwinter Night’s Dream).