Goran Paskaljević's ´When Day Breaks´to open the 7th edition of the Festival of Tolerance
This year’s 7th edition of the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival – Festival of Tolerance, held from 19 to 25 May in Zagreb, opens with When Day Breaks, the latest Goran Paskaljević's film made as a Serbian-French-Croatian coproduction.
When Day Breaks is a story about music professor Misha Brankov (played by Mustafa Nadarević) who learns about his true background under very unusual circumstances. During the course of excavations taking place at the former Judenlager Semlin, a concentration camp in Belgrade, workers come across a lockbox with documents that Isaac Weiss buried in 1941. The lockbox holds an unfinished musical composition entitled When Day Breaks. Trying to learn the truth about his roots, the professor becomes obsessed with finishing the composition and introducing a prayer for the dead to be held at the location of the former concentration camp.
‘This is a very poetic film about the need to fight racism, intentionally selected as the Serbian contender in the Oscar's foreign language competition. Extraordinary acting of the living film legend Mustafa Nadarević and beautiful music by Vlatko Stefanovski will touch anybody’s heart and motivate people to think about what we can do to make ‘a better tomorrow’ actually happen tomorrow,’ Branko Lustig, honorary president of the Festival, explained. The film will be presented to the Festival by Goran Paskaljević and Mustafa Nadarević.