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International Competition 2016
Dum Spiro Spero Pero Kvesić

A lung volume of twenty percent means you have to say farewell. Featuring lots of cigarettes, an old dog, an obstreperous wife and other troubles. Balkan humour, as black as the lungs.

Dum Spiro Spero

Documentary Film
50 minutes

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Nenad Puhovski
Pero Kvesić
Srđan Sacher
Pero Kvesić
Ana Šerić
Pero Kvesić
Danijel Pejić
Let’s not kid ourselves – dying is one of the more unpleasant things we have to cope with in life. Not to mention broken hazard lights, lampless light bulbs, fractious spouses, and a sister-in-law who can never find her mobile phone when she wants to leave the house (at last). Comfort comes in the form of a wonderful relationship with the mother-in-law that is based on mutual disregard, a well-run household in which books have taken over all the rooms, and an old dog with whom you’re competing about who will be the first to kick the bucket …

Dum spiro spero, to quote Cicero: while I breathe, I hope. But breathing can be a bit tricky when you have only twenty percent lung volume left, like Pero Kvesić. With a declining trend. The basic sound of this film (besides Kvesić’s Jew’s harp) is his wheezing as he moves through his shrinking universe, camera at the ready. Kvesić, who wrote countless novels, but also scripts for documentary and animation films, documents his decline with a sure sense of rhythm and detail. Without mawkishness, laconic and with the pitch-black, deadpan sense of humour with which people in the Balkans face death and other terrible diseases. It’s about dignity, self-determination and the next cigarette. Maybe breathing is overrated. And maybe we hope while we laugh?

Grit Lemke

Nominated for MDR Film Prize


Animated Film
9 minutes

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Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež, Vanja Andrijević
Špela Čadež
Tomaž Grom
Iva Kraljević
Zarja Menart, Špela Čadež, Matej Lavrenčič
Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Johanna Wienert
A drunken drive through the night. A badger at the wheel. The car radio is the crooning, rhythmic companion that sets the beat of the reeling road, the dance of the headlights of oncoming cars. The beginning becomes the end of a very bizarre journey where speed is relative, compressed by Špela Čadež into a visually sophisticated and stunning flat figure animation.

André Eckardt

Honorary Mention in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film 2016;
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award 2016