Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

When Day Breaks
(Kad Svane Dan)

Year: 2012
Language: Serbian
Run Time: 90 minutes

When Day Breaks
When Day Breaks
When Day Breaks
When Day Breaks

One day retired music professor Misha Brankov receives a letter requesting him to contact the Jewish Museum in Belgrade. There he learns that during an excavation at the city's Old Fairgrounds (previously the site of an infamous concentration camp where some 7,000 Serbian Jews and Gypsies perished during the Second World War) an iron box was found. The box contains personal documents and an unfinished musical score. It belonged to the composer Isaac Weiss, a concentration camp inmate in 1941. Eventually, the professor discovers that when he was an infant, his real parents, the Weisses, entrusted him to their friends, the Brankovs, just before they were taken into the camp. The initial shock of the professor's discovery in WHEN DAY BREAKS gives way to a determination to fulfill the shattered dreams that he has inherited. It is something that infuses him with new purpose and provides him with a second lease on life. – Goran Paskaljevic

CIFF37 Screenings

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Jewish and Israeli Visions
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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition

Goran Paskaljevic

Goran Paskaljević studied at the well-known Prague school of cinema (FAMU). He has made 30 documentaries and 16 feature films, acclaimed at such prestigious international film festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, and San Sebastian.

"Beach Guard in Winter" (1976), "The Days on Earth Are Flowing" (1979), "Poseban tretman" (1980), "Twilight Time" (1982), "The Elusive Summer of '68" (1984), "Guardian Angel" (1987), "Time of Miracles" (1989), "Tango Argentino" (1992), "Someone Else's America" (1995), "Cabaret Balkan" (1998), "How Harry Became a Tree" (2001) – 26th CIFF, "Midwinter Night's Dream" (2004) – 29th CIFF, "The Optimists" (2006), "Honeymoons" (2009) – 34th CIFF, WHEN DAY BREAKS (2012)

Goran Paskaljevic, Damir Teresak, Ilann Girard

Goran Paskaljevic, Filip David

Milan Spasic

Kristina Pozenel

Principal Cast
Mustafa Nadarevic, Predrag Ejdus, Nebojsa Glogovac, Nada Sargin, Zafir Hadzimanov

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