Director Romed Wyder
Screenplay Billy MacKinnon based on the novel by Elie Wiesel
Cast Joel Basman, Moris Cohen, Sarah Adler, Liron Levo, Rami Heuberger, Jason Isaacs
Music Bernard Trontin Editing Kathrin Plüss Production design Roger Martin Director of photography Ram Shweky Line Producer Tunje Berns Producers Samir, Romed Wyder
Production Paradigma Films, Dschoint Ventschr, Delirious Productions, Enigma Films, Radio Télévision Suisse / SSR SRG
Fiction – 95 min. – Switzerland / United Kingdom / Germany – 2014
Dawn is a psychological drama behind closed doors, in which four comrades in arms pressure the young Elisha to overcome his moral qualms and fully commit to the armed struggle.
The story is set in Palestine in 1947, during the British mandate period. The Zionists are fighting for the establishment of a Jewish state. A member of the armed Jewish underground has been sentenced to death by the British authorities. In return, the resistance has kidnapped a British officer, trying to redeem their friend. The insurgents spend the night together, waiting for the outcome of the negotiation. If the British hang their friend at dawn, one of them will shoot the British officer held as a hostage.
Based on the novel by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, Dawn sheds a new light on a key moment in history that allows us to re-examine the current political disputes.
A gripping and uncomfortable drama.
– Norbert Creutz, Le Temps
A sharp and powerful film.
– Giorgia del Don, Cineuropa.org
Stunning and finely directed actors.
– Claire Burgy, 12h45, RTS
Intense, oppressive, ambiguous - highly topical.
– Lory Roebuck, Aargauer Zeitung
Joel Basman is simply wonderful.
– Pascal Gavillet, La Tribune de Genève
Award of Excellence at International Film Festival for Peace Jakarta
Special Jury Award at International Film Festival for Peace Jakarta
Prix Walo Best actor Joel Basman