Dum spiro spero

  • Croatia
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In Latin the phrase ‘dum spiro spero’ is a 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, particularly the strength to cope with the loss.

Pero Kvesić, the acclaimed writer of a series of books, film Dum spiro spero speaks of the director’s literary skill represented in a cinematic language. This film is to a great extent single-handedly made by the director. As well as writing the script and directing, Kvesić also filmed all the material and created elements of the soundtrack playing the mouth harp.


  • Original Title
    Dum spiro spero
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Pero Kvesić
  • Cinematography
    Pero Kvesić
  • Editing
    Ana Šerić
  • Music
    Srđan Sacher
  • Sound
    Danijel Pejić, Ivan Zelić
  • Runtime
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Croatia
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • ZagrebDox 2016
    • Croatian Film Days 2016
    • Pula Film Festival 2016
    • Liburnia Film Festival 2016
    • Festival of World Literature, Zagreb
    • KaLibar bestival - festival of literature and quality
    • Split Film Festival
    • DOK Leipzig
    • La Cabina (Spain)
    • Festival dei popoli (Florence, Italy)
    • East by Southeast 2017
    • Transcinema 2017
  • Awards
    • Croatian Film Days 2016 - Grand Prix
    • Pula Film Festival 2016 - Vedran Šamanović Award
    • Liburnia Film Festival 2016 - Best Film
    • La Cabina (Spain) - Best Documentary Film
    • Festival dei popoli (Florence, Italy) - Best Mid-Lenght Documentary

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