Dawn (Ausma)

  • Feature
  • 2015
  • 96 Minutes
  • Latvia, Estonia, Poland
  • Language: Latvian

Janis, who is a pioneer, is living on the Soviet collective farm Dawn. His father is an enemy of the farm (and the Soviet system), and wants to burn down its headquarters. Little Janis betrays his father and the father take revenge on his son. Who, in this old Soviet fairytale is good, and who is evil?

Director: Laila Pakalnina

Screenwriter: Laila Pakalnina

Production Company: Hargla Company, Miracle Worker, Staron Film, Digitaalne Sputnik



2015: Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Award for best Cinematography

2015: Trieste Film Festival

2015: Göteborg Film Festival

2015: FICUNAM International Film Festival, Mexico

2015: Vilnius International Film Festival KINO PAVASARIS

2015: Festival of European film, Prague

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Laila Pakalnina

Producer: Laila Pakalnina, Kaspar Kallas, Malgorzata Staron

DOP / Camera: Wojciech Staron

Editor: Kaspar Kallas

Music: Vestards Simkkus

Sound: Anrijs Krenbergs

Cast: Antons Georgs Grauds, Vilis Daudzins, Wiktor Zborowski, Andris Keiss, Liena Smukste, Girts Krumins, Rudolfs Plepis, Ivars Brakovskis


Laila Pakalnina

1991 graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction. She is a director and scriptwriter of 27 documentaries, 6 shorts, 5 fiction features. Her films were screened in official programmes of Cannes IFF, Venice IFF, Berlin IFF, Locarno IFF, Rome IFF etc. Her films were awarded in many international festivals.

Ausma (Dawn) (2015)
Pizzas (picas) (2012)
The Hostage (Kilnieks) (2006)
The Python (Pitons) (2003)
The Shoe (Kurpe) (1998)
Candy (Cukierek) (2015)
Silence (Klusums) (2009)
Waterfall (Rumba) (2016)
Hi, Rasma! (2015)

Short Film:
About Life (2014)

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