Program → Films by sections → Dawn
Festival in Media
Section: Baltic Countries
Country: Latvia Estonia, Poland
Year: 2015


96 minutes/Black&white



The film is based on the story of Pavel Morozov, a young pioneer of the Soviet regime who was assassinated after giving his parents over to the authorities. On the basis of this tale, which was probably invented, Morozov became a martyr for the Soviet regime and an example of loyalty. In Pakalnina’s film, Morozov becomes Janis, a little boy who sees his father as an enemy of the agricultural cooperative, Dawn. When Janis denounces his father, the father wants his revenge…


Director: Laila Pakalnina

Screenplay: Laila Pakalnina

Cinematographer: Wojciech Staroń

Producer: Laila Pakalnina, Kaspar Kallas, Malgorzata Staron



Vilis Daudzins, Antons Grauds, Andris Keiss, Liena Smukste, Wiktor Zborowski



Hargla Company - Kompanija Hargla, Digital Sputnik, Staron Films

World sales:

Hargla Company




Laila Pakalnina

Director, scriptwriter and producer, Laila Pakalnina is one of the best-known Latvian filmmakers on the international scene. She has directed 5 feature-films, 26 documentaries and 5 shorts and has won numerous awards at international film festivals. The Latvian film director has twice been nominated for a European Film Academy Award – for the documentary Dreamland (2004), and for the short Fire (2008).



1998 The Shoe

2000 Tusya

2003 The Python

2006 The Hostage

2012 Picas

2015 Ausma

2017 Zirdzin, hallo! (Documentary short)