Dum spiro spero
Director: Pero Kvesić
Duration: 61 min
A subjective, immersive experience, seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Pero Kvesić, who addresses the idea of death or scary illness with a bland, bold, Balkan-specific humor.
Pero Kvesić, the author of the film, started to smoke at a relatively late stage of life when he was 30 years old. Today, his lungs are only functional at 20%. The reduced lung capacity is obvious with every breath, which significantly influences his everyday life. Although the film often refers to death, the author, as the title suggests (While I am breathing, I hope), actually speaks about life. Combining everyday life, reading and death, the author talks about the loss of power and the power to cope with the loss. A subtle, immersive experience, seen through the eyes of the suffering protagonist, “Dum Spiro Spero” uses a dark humor used by the Balkan people to approach the idea of death or scary illness. Kvesić – an example of perseverance in maintaining dignity and self-determination – shows through his whirled breaths and slow progress through the house, his increasingly narrow life.
Pero Kvesić was born in 1950 in Zagreb. He obtained a degree in Sociology and Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. Since 1977 he has worked as first editor in chief for several magazines and editions. He published numerous prose works and a number of poetry collections, as well as several picture books and children’s novels. In 1987 he came up with the idea for the animation series “The Little Flying Bears”. He has written screenplays for several TV dramas, documentary films and series. “Dum Spiro Spero” is his debut as a director.