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When Day Breaks (2012)

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The story of a retired music professor, Misha Brankov, who under unusual circumstances discovers his true origins. At the place where once stood a Nazi concentration camp for Jews during ... See full summary »

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Profesor Misa Brankov
Predrag Ejdus ...
Rabin
Meto Jovanovski ...
Mitar
Zafir Hadzimanov ...
Marko Popovic
Toma Jovanovic ...
Najfeld
Rade Kojadinovic ...
Kosta Brankov
Mira Banjac ...
Ana Brankov
Nebojsa Glogovac ...
Malisa
Nada Sargin ...
Marija
Olga Odanovic ...
Izbeglica (as Olga Odanovic-Petrovic)
Ana Stefanovic ...
Hana
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aron Balazs ...
Kupac klavira
Konstantin Deletic ...
Decak
Carni Djeric ...
Isak Weis (as Carni Deric)
Jelena Djulvezan ...
Zena u stanu
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The story of a retired music professor, Misha Brankov, who under unusual circumstances discovers his true origins. At the place where once stood a Nazi concentration camp for Jews during World War II, a metal box filled with documents is found. It was buried by an inmate Isaac Weiss in the year 1941. The professor finds out that his real parents, the Weiss's, gave him away to their friends, the Brankovs, just before they were taken into the camp. Inside the box there is an unfinished musical score, called "When day breaks", composed by the inmate Isaac Weiss. Searching for the truth about himself and his origins, Misha discovers the little-known truth about Judenlager Semlin camp, one of the worst Nazi execution sites in the heart of contemporary Belgrade. At the same time, the professor's obsession is to complete the composition, started by his father, and to perform it on the site of the former camp... which he, after many vicissitudes, finally succeeds. Written by Filmski Centar Srbije

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Evocative
24 July 2015 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

There are endless stories of the endless horrors of world war two. Some flow with blood and action, others are overly dramatic or historically inaccurate. This is a film that is understated, evocative and very beautiful. Workers uncover a tin box on the site of a former Nazi death camp in Serbia. Through it, an elderly music professor, who had been spirited out of the camp as a child, discovers his roots. A simple idea for a compelling story plainly told, sensitively acted and beautifully filmed. It is a classic European film, shot with moody lighting under often sunless skies, creatively breaking all the gung-ho rules of Hollywood production. Not for you if you like snarling Nazis and their cowering victims. But if you appreciate the artful subtlety and inherent richness of good European cinema and watch a film to be involved rather than entertained, you will find few better than this. Not a great film. But a very, very good one.


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