Živojin Pavlović

Not to be confused with Živorad "Žika" Pavlović, main character in Žika's Dynasty series.

Živojin "Žika" Pavlović (15 April 1933 29 November 1998) was a Serbian film director and writer. In his films and novels, he depicted the cruel reality of small, poor and abandoned people living in the corners of society; he was one of the major figures of the Black Wave in Yugoslav cinema in 1960s, a movement which portrayed the darker side of life rather than the shiny facades of communist Yugoslavia. Pavlović received numerous awards, including two NIN Prizes for his novels, one Silver Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival and several Golden Arenas of the Yugoslavia's most prestigious Pula Film Festival.


Pavlović was born in Šabac in 1933. When he was 19, he was writing about film and art for Belgrade newspapers. He graduated in painting at the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade, and directed his first professional film, Žive Vode (Living Water) in 1961. The film received a special jury award at the Pula Film Festival. He died in Belgrade.



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Selected books


  1. "Berlinale 1967: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
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