Dawn (Ausma), dir. Laila Pakalniņa, 96′, Latvia/Poland/Estonia, 2015

International premiere on November 18th, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.

Main Cast Wiktor Zborowski, Vilnis Daudziņš, Andris Keišs, Antons Georgs Grauds, Liene Šmukste

Based on a Soviet propaganda story about Young Pioneer (the Soviet equivalent of a Boy Scout) Morozov, who 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. Who then in this old Soviet tale is good and who is bad? This film reveals that a distorted brain is always dangerous. Even nowadays.

Premiere 18.11.2015, Tallinn Black Nights FF

Production Company
Hargla Company
Valtaiķu iela 19, Rīga LV 1029, Latvija
Tel: 2923 5618

Co-producers Staron-Film (Poland), Miracle Worker (Poland), Digitaalne Sputnik (Estonia)

Scriptwriter Laila Pakalniņa
Cinematographer Wojciech Staroń
Production Designer Jurģis Krāsons
Costume Designer Natalia Czeczott
Makeup Artist Dzintra Bijubena
Sound Anrijs Krenbergs
Music Vestards Šimkus
Editor Kaspar Kallas
Producers Laila Pakalniņa, Małgorzata Staroń, Kaspar Kallas

Supported by
National Film Centre of Latvia
State Culture Capital Foundation
Polish Film Institute
Estonian Film Institute