Between Two Dawns

Between Two Dawns

Turkey | 2021 | 91 min | Selman Nacar

April 14 - 24, 2022

Kadir, the youngest son of a textile factory owner, must make a moral choice with consequences for his family and his future when a steamer accident severely injures a worker.

Director Selman Nacar scheduled to attend.


Between Two Dawns is a powerful testament to the importance of pursuing the truth and taking accountability, regardless of the consequences.” – Cédric Succivalli (International Cinephile Society)

What a difference a day makes. Tonight, Kadir is having dinner with his girlfriend Esma, meeting her parents for the first time. Frankly, it doesn’t go well. Her father seems openly skeptical: “People say it’s fate or kismet, but people also have free will, right?” he asks Kadir at one point during the evening. The question of free will and its ethical exercise is at the heart of this film, as well as of the events of the day it depicts. Kadir’s father owns a textile factory, where Kadir and his older brother work as managers. The factory is trying to hold its own in the face of global competition, but cash-flow problems mean that a big order has to be fulfilled right away. In the ensuing rush, a factory worker is injured by a faulty machine. After delivering the worker to the hospital, the family tries to figure out a plan. Their lawyer advises them to pressure the injured worker's wife to sign a waiver, as they could be at risk of criminal prosecution if her husband is seriously injured or dies. If she refuses to sign the waiver, it’s decided that someone from the family should take the fall and flee abroad. Meanwhile, Kadir sets about trying to determine exactly what happened and who’s to blame, which will lead him to a moral choice with consequences for his family and his future.

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  • Original Language Title: İki Şafak Arasında
  • Director: Selman Nacar
  • Principal Cast: Mücahit Koçak, Nezaket Erden, Burcu Gölgedar, Ünal Silver, Bedir Bedir, Erdem Şenocak
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Turkey, France, Romania, Spain
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 91 min
  • Producer: Burak Cevik, Diloy Gülün, Selman Nacar
  • Screenplay: Selman Nacar
  • Cinematographers: Tudor Panduru
  • Editors: Buğra Dedeoğlu, Melik Kuru, Selman Nacar
  • Music: Alexandru Dumitru
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Turkish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Luxbox Films