DUM SPIRO SPERO / Grand Prix DHF 2016.

Directed by: Pero Kvesic
Production: Factum
Full post production service: DCE Zagreb


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.


ZagrebDox 2016 – Factumentaries programme; Croatian Film Days 2016 – Grand Prix; Vedran Šamanović Award – Pula Film Festiaval 2016; Liburnia Film Festival 2016 – Best Film; Festival of World Literature, Zagreb; KaLibar bestival – festival of literature and quality; Split Film Festival; Dok.Leipzig – International competition; La Cabina (Spain) – Best Documentary Film; Festival dei popoli (Florence, Italy) – Best Mid-Lenght Documentary; East by southeast 2017; Transcinema 2017 – international competition, Fibula, Sisak