Ljubomir Stanišić: Heartbeat

From a Michelin-starred restaurant in Lisbon to a basketball court in Sarajevo: a portrait of a war refugee in all his facets. How cooking became his "American Dream" and led him to success, but also how he deals with his worst nightmares. We enter the universe of his cooking, but above all we enter the world of a free spirit and passionate adventurer.


Ljubomir Stanišić
Ljubomir Stanišić
Ljubomir Stanišić: Coração na Boca - Poster 1

Ljubomir Stanišić: Heartbeat

Mónica Franco

  • Documentary
Production Country / Year
Portugal 2021
pt., bs. OF mit en. UT
DCP, Color, 100min
1.78:1 (16:9), Stereo PCM
Original Title
Ljubomir Stanišić: Coração na Boca

Director & Crew

Mónica Franco 1

Mónica Franco

Born in 1974 in Lisbon/Portugal. Studied Art History. Trained in Journalism, Creative Writing and Documentary Directing. Active as a journalist, writer and director.


2022 LJUBOMIR STANIŠIĆ: HEARTBEAT, Dokumentarfilm  HOF 2022

“After more than 20 years in newsrooms and editing four books, I felt the urge to tell stories without using my main tool. I needed to get out of my comfort area – the written story – and discover different ways to say the same things. I strongly believe in people’s ability to reinvent themselves. I believe in the power of dreams, the strength of hope, and the magic of hard work. That is what my first documentary film, LJUBOMIR STANIŠIĆ: HEARTBEAT, is about. It was the challenge of a lifetime: to document my partner’s life story with truth and love, but always trying to look clearly, from the ‘outside’. I wanted to look at him intimately, but also from an observer’s point of view. Trying to be almost invisible and, at the same time, totally present. It was a struggle, but also a privilege, having a personal relationship with the man, the partner, and the father.

We were shooting for ten years. We see him growing right in front of our eyes, we walk his paths and follow his evolution as a man, as a cook, and as a public figure.”

Mónica Franco

Mónica Franco
Director of Photography
Abel Rosa and Pedro Fonseca Rosa
Márcia Costa and Francisco Costa
Billyboom Sound Design
Music Composer
Rodrigo Leão and The Legendary Tigerman
Executive Producer
Mónica Franco
Mónica Franco