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Dawn (2014)

PG | | Drama | 27 March 2015 (USA)
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Autumn 1947: Elisha, a young Jew, learns that he has been chosen to kill the hostage John Dawson, a captain in the British Army occupying Palestine. Will Elisha, himself a survivor of the holocaust, be able to commit this irrevocable act?

Director:

Romed Wyder

Writers:

Billy MacKinnon (adaptation), Elie Wiesel (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sarah Adler ... Ilana
Joel Basman ... Elisha
Moris Cohen ... Joab
Rami Heuberger ... Gideon
Jason Isaacs ... Dawson
Stefan Kollmuss ... G.I.
Liron Levo ... Gad
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Four comrades in arms attempt to influence the young Elisha, to make him overcome his conflicts of conscience and fully commit to their cause. 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, his comrades kidnap a British officer. During the whole night they are waiting together for the outcome of the negotiation. If the British hang their friend at dawn, one of them will shoot the British officer. In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Dawn sheds a new light on a key moment in history that allows to re-situate the current political disputes. Written by producer

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Country:

Switzerland | UK | Germany | Israel

Language:

Hebrew | English | French

Release Date:

27 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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An awakening ?
9 June 2015 | by swifttwainSee all my reviews

I have to say I was quite surprised by my reaction to this film in the cinema. The actors just blew me away! They were subtle, disturbing, disturbed, refined. Really great to watch. Reminded me of the best Hitchcock films. Really liked the moody lighting and music. Didn't really know much about this before, so it really made me brush up on my history - the British in Palestine and it wasn't the crusades? Terrorists who were not only enemies of the British, but also of the Ben Gurion and the Haganah? I mean, the internal conflicts within Palestinian Zionists were really incredible. What I like about this film is that every character is well-played, and in the end, likable. It makes you think about Hannah Arendt's writing - we are all millimeters away from doing evil, and being killers. A must see indie film.


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