Bora, a Roma from the surrounding area of Sombor (Vojvodina), is a goose feather trader and is married to an older Roma woman. He falls in love with young Tisa whom her stepfather Mirta, also a feather trader, offered in marriage to a young Roma. Tisa refuses her future husband because he, being twelve years old, is not able to consummate their marriage, and grows closer with Bora. They get married in a church on a mountain. –Sarajevo Film Festival
Aleksandar “Saša” Petrović was one of the most acclaimed and successful Yugoslav directors, born in 1929. in Paris. Studied film directing at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague (1947/48). His studies remained unfinished due to the political aggravation between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia at the time and he was forced to return to homeland. He graduated Art History in Belgrade (1955). Filmmaker since 1948. in various projects. At first, assisting to other directors and shooting documentaries. Awarded several times for his early works in these movies including very successful documentaries Let nad mocvarom (1956), Petar Dobrovic (1958), Putevi (1959) and Sabori (1963). After two films with various success and acclamation (Dvoje in 1961 and Dani in 1963) he directs very successful war drama Tri (Three, 1965) which won raves from critics in Yugoslavia and Europe and an Best Foreign Language… read more
I really don't understand some of the ignorance here and disrespect towards Balkan-made cinema, maybe most people don't see the appeal this region brings and the masterful iconoclasm of its production. Whatever the case may be, Happy Gypsies is filled with the ups and downs of living, a stupendous presentation of editing and overtures. Bravo Aleksandar!