Dawn / Ausma
Latvia, Estonia, Poland 2015

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directed by Laila Pakalnina, drama, thriller, 96 min, eng subtitles written by Laila Pakalnina
with Wiktor Zborowski, Vilnis Daudziņš, Andris Keišs, Antons Georgs Grauds, Liene Šmukste

Wednesday 12.10.2016 - 20.00, Ancien Cinéma
Sunday 16.10.2016 - 18.30, Cinématheque

“Dawn” is an absurd, beautifully stylised tragicomedy in which the Latvian film-maker Laila Pakalniņa revisits a soviet-era propaganda story about a young pioneer who denounced his anti-communist father to the secret police and was in turn killed by his family. In this film the boy is called Jānis and he lives in a collective farm commune together with his rebellious father. Indoctrinated to believe in the future utopia promised by the communist system, Jānis betrays his father who plans to burn down the commune's headquarters, and tragic repercussions follow. Apart from its farcical and grotesque visual language, the film is a reminder of the dangers of becoming a cog in the wheel of political systems.

The Mirror IFF 2016 (Tarkovsky Prize for Visual Concept)
Fajr IFF 2016 (“Art and Experience” trophy for Best Feature Film)
Tallinn Black Nights FF 2016 (Best Cinematographer)

Jānis, un jeune garçon, qui vit dans une commune agricole collective à l'époque soviétique, dénonce aux authorités son père  anti-communiste, ce qui entraîne une série de répercussions tragiques. À travers un langage visuel ravissant et grotesque, cette histoire témoigne de la puissance omniprésente et de l'éthique déformée d'un régime totalitaire.

The Mirror IFF 2016 (Tarkovsky Prix pour Visual Concept)
Fajr IFF 2016 (“Art and Experience” Meilleur Film)
Tallinn Black Nights FF 2016 (Meilleur Directeur de la photographie)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5qJnCmtekY http://nkc.gov.lv/en/get-to-know-a-film/new-films/fiction/dawn/ http://cineuropa.org/f.aspx?t=film&did=300598 http://nkc.gov.lv/en/personalities/laila-pakalnina/