Pero

by Damjan Kozole

Pero, documentary
Expected delivery: Q4 2022
SI

He was always Pero for me, not Peter. In 2002, we shot Spare Parts, and that was the beginning of a great friendship. The film premiered in Berlinale’s Competition program in 2003. Then we made 6 more films together. He became an icon of Slovenian cinema, having 55 titles on IMDB. His films received Lion of the Future Award in Venice and Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary, he received Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Actor and numerous other international prizes. At the end of 2019, Pero and I began making a film about him, his demons, and his depression. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, before we even started shooting the film, he committed suicide. At first, I figured there would be no film, but later on I felt the need to make it anyway as a way of saying goodbye to him. The film transformed into a sequence of 5 parts, each of which is in a different genre. I kept on asking myself: How do you describe memories, thoughts, let alone a person you knew well and loved? With fragments, I think. While working on it, I realized this film is not only about Pero but also about me and about us, and it’s not just about a friend leaving, but also about the society and the world we believed in, which is slowly disappearing too. And yet, this film pays homage to the life, career, and fears of Peter Musevski. "All the roles I played in films happened to me in real life later on." — Peter Musevski

director
Damjan Kozole
producers
Danijel Hočevar, Zala Opara
director of photography
Sašo Štih
film editor
Matic Drakulić
production designer
Neža Zinajić
costume designer
Zora Stančič
key make-up artist
Mojca Gorogranc Petrushevska
sound designer
Julij Zornik
cast
Jurij Drevenšek, Nataša Barbara Gračner, Nina Ivanišin, Tomi Janežič, Liza Marijina, Anja Novak, Mojca Partljič, Primož Pirnat, Nina Rakovec, Blaž Setnikar, Marjuta Slamič, Tina Ščavničar, Pia Zemljič
production
Vertigo
co-production
RTV Slovenija
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film, Korektif
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre

VERTIGO
www.vertigo.si

Danijel Hočevar
info@vertigo.si

Damjan Kozole

Damjan Kozole is a Slovenian filmmaker whose directing credits include critically acclaimed Spare Parts (2003), nominated for the Golden Bear Award 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.