Pero

by Damjan Kozole

Pero, 2023, documentary, digital DCP, 1,77:1 (16:9), c, 98 min
Finished Q1 2023
SI

This film is a homage to the life, career and fears of Slovenian actor Peter Musevski. He was always Pero for me, not Peter. In 2002 we shot Spare Parts, and that was the beginning of a great friendship. We then made 6 more films together. He became an icon of Slovenian cinema, having 55 titles on IMDB. His films received the Lion of the Future in Venice and the best director's award in Karlovy Vary, he received the Heart of Sarajevo for best actor and numerous other awards. At the end of 2019, we began making a film about him and his demons. At the beginning of the pandemics in March 2020, before we even started shooting the film, he committed suicide. I felt the need to make a film anyway. As a way of saying goodbye to him. 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 society and the world we believed in, slowly disappearing too. "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
featuring
Primož Pirnat, Tina Ščavničar, Mojca Partljič, Tomi Janežič, Nina Ivanišin, Nina Rakovec, Anja Novak, Jurij Drevenšek, Liza Marijina, Marjuta Slamič, Blaž Setnikar, Pia Zemljič, Nataša Barbara Gračner
production
Vertigo
co-production
RTV Slovenija
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film, 001, Korektif
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre

VERTIGO

Danijel Hočevar
info@vertigo.si
Zala Opara
zala@vertigo.si

Damjan Kozole

Damjan Kozole is a Slovenian filmmaker, whose directing credits include critically acclaimed Spare Parts (2003), nominated for the Golden Bear at the 53rd Berlin IFF 2003; 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 also a respectable author of many documentary films like Ulay: Project Cancer (2013) and Borders (2016).

“He was always Pero for me, not Peter. In 2002, we shot Spare Parts, and that was the beginning of our great friendship. We then made 6 more films together. He became an icon of Slovenian cinema, having 55 titles on IMDB. His films received the Lion of the Future in Venice and the Best Director’s Award in Karlovy Vary; he received the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actor and numerous other awards. At the end of 2019, we began working on a film about him and his demons. At the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, before we even started shooting the film, he committed suicide. I felt the need to make this film anyway. As a way of saying goodbye to him. While working on it, I realised this film is not only about Pero but also about me and about the two of us; and it’s not just about a friend leaving, but also about the society and the world we believed in slowly disappearing too.”