Until the Dawning of the Day

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93 films in 19 categories
Pierre Tonachella
110 Min.

Photo Film


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Romanian, English

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• 21 March, 20:30, Cinema Elvire Popesco

The film will be screened in the presence of: Pierre Tonachella

• 22 March, 20:00, POINT

The film will be screened in the presence of: Pierre Tonachella

Pierre Tonachella
Pierre Tonachella was born in 1988 and grew up in the village of Gâtinais, in Essonne. He studied philosophy and film theory before attending l'École documentaire de Lussas. In his films, he explores the experiences of some of the people he grew up with.


“Until the Dawning of the Day” is a lyrical film, without an accentuated narrative, revolving around a group of rather underqualified young people - the so called “working youth” -, all of whom are childhood friends of the director’s. They grew up in the countryside, in a region without many opportunities, and unlike Pierre Tonachella, who went on with his studies and moved to Paris, remained there. They struggle to find employment and to be able to build a stable life. They want to move out of their parents’ homes, but they can find nothing but poorly paid or short-term jobs. These young people invite us to become immersed in their lives, and through his approach the director is neither voyeuristic, nor preachy, nor maudlin in his good intentions. We are on the same level as the protagonists, the director is not interested in exploiting a good story. In a simple manner, we receive their thoughts on loneliness, on friendship, on a life lacking in prospects. We are put in their shoes and we begin to think about all the young people we meet in our lives whose future isn’t very hopeful, but also about ourselves. (Vanina Vignal)

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