Belgrade (dpa) - According to the media, the Serbian film director Goran Paskaljevic died in Paris at the age of 73.

This was reported by the Serbian portal "kurir.rs" on Friday evening, citing relatives.

Paskaljevic was considered one of the most important directors and screenwriters of the Serbian auteur film.

He made the films "Tango Argentino" (1992), "Paradise, Brooklyn" (1995) and "The Powder Keg" (1998), among others.

Criticism praised his films for the sensitive portrayal of people in their vulnerability, despair and profundity.

In 1998 Paskaljevic received the European Prize from the Fipresci International Film Critics Association for “The Powder Keg” - the film adaptation of the play of the same name by the Macedonian author Dejan Dukovski.

In 2002 Paskaljevic was honored with the Bernhard Wicki Film Prize in Munich.

At the beginning of the Yugoslav war of disintegration in 1991, he publicly denounced Serbian nationalism under the then President Slobodan Milosevic (1941-2006).

After a smear campaign by the media controlled by Milosevic, he received death threats and emigrated to France.

Most recently he lived alternately in Paris and Belgrade.

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Report of death at kurir.rs, Serb.

Obituary in daily newspaper "Blic", Serb.

Portrait in the "New York Times" from 2008, Engl.