Daybreak

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    Daybreak

    Dita zë fill

    Directed by

    Albania, Greece

    2017

    85 min

    • Albanian

    Fiction

    Leta has not been able to pay the rent for several months. When she and her one-year-old son are thrown out of their apartment, they move in with Sophie, an old woman confined to bed, whose daughter has just employed Leta as a caretaker. In order to keep her job and a roof over their head, Leta has to keep Sophie alive at any cost.

    Awards

    • Best Actress - Sarajevo FF
    • Albanian submission for the Academy Awards
    • Best Director - Tirana IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ornela Kapetani
    Suzana Prifti
    Kasem Hoxha
    Hermes Kasimati
    Adele Gjoka
    Ermela Ruri
    Pëllumb Dërvishi
    Kastriot Shehi
    Jonida Beqo
    Julinda Emiri
    Screenplay
    Gentian Koçi
    Cinematography
    Ilias Adamis
    Editing
    Christos Giannakopoulos
    Bonita Papastathi
    Music
    Mardit Lleshi
    Production
    ARTALB FILM
    Production
    GRAAL
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT

    Press

    An intimate drama.

    Ed Meza, Variety

    A powerful story

    Ed Meza, Variety

    A hard-edged portrait of a hand-to-mouth existence in contemporary Albania.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    A film of psychological and emotional subtlety

    Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

    Following its premiere in competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Daybreak should generate further interest on the festival circuit, where it will connect with socially aware and sympathetic audiences.

    Screen Daily

    Gentian Koçi

    Gentian Koçi

    Albania

    Gentian Koçi was born in 1979, in Tirana. He graduated from the Academy of Film and Multimedia Marubi in 2009 in film directing. His short fiction film ANTENNA (2008) played in numerous film festivals including Trieste International Film Festival and won two top prizes in DokuFest and Balkan Film Festival in Pogradec. His second short fiction, JINX IN A JIFFY (2009) played in a dozen international film festivals from Munich, Trieste to Uruguay and Nigeria, eventually garnering five top prizes including Best Film at the SwiKos Film Festival in Basel, Switzerland. Gentian Koçi has also directed and shot several noted documentaries. Koçiʼs 2011 non-fiction short REVENGE supported by Goethe Institute played at several film festivals. In 2012, Gentian Koçi shot and directed the fifty minute documentary, NOT A CARWASH which chronicled the battle between students and police at his former school. NOT A CARWASH premiered as an official selection at Hot Docs and was nominated for the Special Jury Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012. Sight&Sound and DOX Magazine wrote very good reviews on NOT A CARWASH. Gentian Koçi participated in Berlinale Talent Campus in 2011. In June 2014, the premiere of his latest documentary AJASO, A PHILOPERFORMANCE was held at the University Paris-Sorbonne.

    Selected Filmography