RIGA: Laila Pakalniņa's Dawn / Ausma is Latvia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.
Dawn has been selected by a panel set up by the National Film Center of Latvia. The film is based on a Soviet propaganda story about a youth named Pavlik Morozov, who gave in his father to the secret police and was killed by his family.
The film is a Latvian/Estonian/Polish coproduction between Hargla Pictures, Digital Sputnik and Staron Film with the support of the National Film Center of Latvia, Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation and the Polish Film Institute.
The world premiere took place at the Black Nights Festival in Tallinn in 2015.