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Dum Spiro Spero

Dum spiro spero is a Latin saying meaning ‘while I breathe, I hope’. Until this day it has remained the motto of those who refuse to quit until the very last breath. Intertwining daily life, books and death, the author speaks about losing strength and the strength to cope with the loss. Everybody die the moment they are born, which is the greatest reason why to understand the values of life and enjoy the joys it gives. The acclaimed writer after a series of book made his first film and his literati experience spoke in a cinematic language that reaches the level of his literature. Details of ordinary surrounding and daily life fit in with the story they engender. This film is to a great extent a one-man show, because next to the script and directing, the author also filmed all the material and played the mouth harp.

  • Pero Kvesić
    Director
  • Pero Kvesić
    Writer
  • Nenad Puhovski
    Producer
  • Ana Šerić
    Editing
  • Srđan Sacher
    Music
  • Tamara Babun
    Executive producer
  • Danijel Pejić
    Sound editor
  • Ivan Zelić
    Sound mix
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Dum Spiro Spero
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    autobiography
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 21, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Croatia
  • Country of Filming:
    Croatia
  • Language:
    Croatian
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • ZagrebDox Film Festival
    Zagreb, Croatia
    February 25, 2016
    National premiere, out of competition
  • Croatian Film Days
    Zagreb
    Croatia
    April 20, 2016
    Croatian
    Grand Prix;
  • Pula Film Festiaval
    Pula
    Croatia
    Vedran Šamanović Award
  • Liburnia Film Festival
    Opatija
    Croatia
    Best Film
  • Dok.Leipzig
    Leipzig
    Germany
    October 27, 2017
    International
  • La Cabina Film Festival
    Valencia
    Spain
    November 15, 2017
    Spanish
    Best Documentary Film
  • Festival dei popoli
    Florence
    Italy
    Best Mid-Lenght Documentary
Distribution Information
  • Factum
    Country: Croatia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Pero Kvesić

Pero Kvesić was born in 1950 in Zagreb, where he obtained a degree in Sociology and Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He founded the youth magazine Polet in 1977, serving as its first editor in chief. He held the same position at the magazine Pitanja, and in 1984 he founded the magazine and the edition Quorum. He has published numerous prose works and a number of poetry collections, as well as several picture books and children’s novels. While under the mentoring of Dušan Vukotić, in 1987 he came up with the idea for the series, the script and the characters for the animated film serial Mali leteći medvjedi. He has written screenplays for several TV dramas, documentary films and series, and has collaborated on the screenplay for Rajko Grlić’s film The Melody Haunts My Memory. Since 2006 he has been writing the blog Čovjek-vadičep sreće ženu-ribu.

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Director Statement

“Despite the fact that film has been my childhood love, all of my filmmaking experiences ended in disappointment.
Finally, the development of technology has made it possible for me to film whatever I wanted to show, and the producer gave me a chance to have full control over the elements of the final product.
Every story or statement appears in the most suitable media.
I made illustrations, paintings, comics, photographs, published short poetry and long novels. Now the materials best presented by means of film are available to me.