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When Day Breaks (2012)

Kad svane dan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 24 December 2012 (Serbia)
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 »


Goran Paskaljevic
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mustafa Nadarevic ... Profesor Misa Brankov
Predrag Ejdus Predrag Ejdus ... Rabin
Meto Jovanovski Meto Jovanovski ... Mitar
Zafir Hadzimanov Zafir Hadzimanov ... Marko Popovic
Toma Jovanovic Toma Jovanovic ... Emil Najfeld
Rade Kojadinovic Rade Kojadinovic ... Kosta Brankov
Mira Banjac ... Ana Brankov
Nebojsa Glogovac ... Malisa
Nada Sargin Nada Sargin ... Marija
Olga Odanovic Olga Odanovic ... Izbeglica (as Olga Odanovic-Petrovic)
Ana Stefanovic Ana Stefanovic ... Hana
Vlasta Velisavljevic Vlasta Velisavljevic ... Domar u sinagogi
Aron Balazs Aron Balazs ... Kupac klavira
Darko Marinkovic Darko Marinkovic ... Bole
Gavra Nikolic Gavra Nikolic ... Rade


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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Mustafa Nadarevic
19 August 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

a film about seal of the past. a small discover as seed of fundamental change. an ordinary story about an old man front with his new birth. and a delicate challenge because the sensitivity of viewer is not always prepaid for not new fashion lessons.but the movie has two great virtues - the music, the bitter, superb music, Jewish at all and clear voice of need of transformation of memories in basis of present and Mustafa Nadarevic impressive performance. his acting is extraordinary but in a very special manner. because it is inspired game of nuances. because his face, his look contains thousand of testimonies. because the director does not exactly a homage to few people or for a place but a precise sign against indifference or forgetting. that is all.

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