DAYBREAK / LE JOUR SE LEVE

2016 ARCHIVE

Director: Marcel Carné
Cast: Jean Gabin, Jules Berry, Arletty, Mady Berry, Jacqueline Laurent
Country: France, 1939
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Crime / Drama
Rating: PG, Violence, sexual references, coarse language and nudity
Duration: 93 minutes
Festivals: Cannes Classics 2014, Official Selection; Venice International Film Festival 1939, Official Competition

“Exciting, beautiful and tragic, this remains essential cinema, French or otherwise.”
Ian Freer, Empire Magazine

Synopsis

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Marcel Carné’s death, the Festival will show one of his masterpieces, Daybreak.

It all begins with a gunshot and a body falling down stairs. The man responsible – assassin François (the illustrious Jean Gabin, Grand Illusion – Festival 2015) – locks himself in his room as the police surround the building and wait for dawn to storm it.

Throughout the night, François is alone with his memories: the day he met a charming flower-girl, Valentin’s (Jules Berry) cruel cynicism, and the beautiful Clara’s (Arletty) love for him.

An iconic film of poetic realism, Daybreak knew a difficult fate. Released on the eve of the Second World War, Daybreak was censored and attacked, long before being recognised as a notable work of art.

Blessed by the words of poet Jacques Prévert and featuring outstanding performances, Daybreak deals with the themes of class struggle and responsibility. This impeccable restoration is a must-see to understand Carné’s masterful influence on both French and world cinema.

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WELLINGTON
Sun 6 Mar 6.30pm E Special Event: Wellington Closing Night Celebrations

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sun 13 Mar 7.30pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Sun 20 Mar 7.30pm

TIMARU
Sun 20 Mar 7.30pm

NELSON
Sun 20 Mar 7.30pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Sun 20 Mar 7.30pm

TAURANGA
Sun 20 Mar 7.30pm

ARROWTOWN
Sun 27 Mar 5.45pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Sun 3 April 7.30pm

HAMILTON
Wed 13 April 8.30pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Sun 10 April 7.30pm

DUNEDIN
Sun 10 April 7.30pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre