Academy Award Nomination Submission Best Foreign Language Film from Latvia: ‘Dawn’ by Laila…

Academy Award Nomination Submission Best Foreign Language Film from Latvia: ‘Dawn’ by Laila…
Laila Pakalnina’s “Dawn” (“Ausma”) premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2015.

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“The beauty of ‘Dawn’ lies in its richness, ambiguity and willfully elusive intentions. Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter

Based on a Soviet propaganda story about Young Pioneers (the Soviet equivalent of a Boy Scouts), a young boy named Morozov denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his family. His life exemplified the duty of all good Soviet citizens to become informers, at any expense. In our film, 75 years later, we call him little Janis. He is a pioneer who lives on the Soviet collective farm “Dawn”. His father is an enemy of the farm (and the Soviet system) and plots against it. Little Janis betrays his father; his father takes revenge upon his son.
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