When Day Breaks
About The Film
A retired Serbian music professor uncovers his true origins and family’s tragic fate during the Holocaust in WHEN DAY BREAKS, a sentimental and haunting drama from veteran director Goran Paskaljevi.
The elderly and widowed Misha Brankov (Mustafa Nadarevic) lives a largely solitary existence in Belgrade until the excavation of the city’s old fairgrounds unearths a decades-old secret. An iron box contains documents that verify the professor is the son of a Serbian Jewish couple murdered at a Nazi death camp, not the child of the Christian farmers who raised him. The initial shock of the professor’s discovery soon gives way to his determination to find closure and pay fitting tribute to his talented musician father with a memorial concert of the patriarch’s long-lost unfinished composition.
An earnest and seldom-seen remembrance of Serbian involvement in the Holocaust in which thousands of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were killed, WHEN DAY BREAKS is Serbia’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Film DetailsDirector: Goran Paskaljevi
Country: Croatia, France, Serbia
Language: Serbian with subtitles
Running Time: 90 min.