It Wasn't Like She Said

by Damjan Kozole

Ni bilo tako, kot je rekla, documentary
In production

A homage to Peter Musevski’s life, career, and fears. A film about internationally most renowned Slovenian film actor Peter Musevski (1965–20), who has acted in many award-winning features warmly received all over the world such as: Bread and Milk (2001, J. Cvitkovič), Spare Parts (2003, D. Kozole), Suburbs (2004, V. Möderndorfer), Tuning (2005, I. Šterk), Labor Equals Freedom (2004, D. Kozole), and Slovenian Girl (2009, D. Kozole). “Pero and I shot eight films together. In December 2019 we started working on the ninth joint project titled It Wasn’t Like She Said. The film supposed to be about Peter and his fears. On 13th of March 2020, the lockdown began. On 18th of March, Pero committed suicide. I decided to shoot the film without him. As I was developing it, I discovered that it was not just about Pero, but also about me and about all of us. We have not only lost a friend: the society in which we believed is disappearing too.” “All the roles I acted, everything I have ever filmed would later happen to me in real life.” Peter Musevski

Damjan Kozole

Damjan Kozole is a Slovenian filmmaker whose directing credits include, among others, the critically-acclaimed Spare Parts (2003), nominated for the Golden Bear at the 53rd Berlin IFF 2003, which Sight & Sound ranked among the ten most important films of the New Europe in 2008; globally released Slovenian Girl (2009); Nightlife (2016), winner of Best Director Award at the 51st Karlovy Vary IFF; and his last fiction feature Half-Sister (2019). Kozole is an established author of many documentary films.

Vertigo is an independent Ljubljana-based production company with an outstanding track record and extensive work experience in international co-productions and small-budget films. It was established in 1994 by the film producer Danijel Hočevar and film directors Damjan Kozole and Metod Pevec. Vertigo has produced or co-produced more than forty features, most of them internationally acclaimed and distributed, including Father (2020, S. Golubović, Berlinale Panorama: the Audience Award and Ecumenical Prize, European Film Awards: the Best Actor Nomination for Goran Bogdan); God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya (2019, T. Mitevska, Berlinale Competition: the Ecumenical Award and Guild Prize); Half-Sister (2019, Karlovy Vary IFF Main Competition), Nightlife (2016, Karlovy Vary IFF’s Best Director Award), Slovenian Girl (2009, Toronto IFF), and Spare Parts (2003, Berlinale Competition), all directed by D. Kozole; An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013, D. Tanović, two Berlinale Silver Bears); Alexandrians (2011, M. Pevec, the Best Documentary at the Trieste Film Festival); and Bread and Milk (2001, J. Cvitkovič, Venice FF’s Lion of the Future Award).
Damjan Kozole
Danijel Hočevar, Zala Opara
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film
Slovenian Film Centre


Danijel Hočevar