"Impressive debut feature...works like a ticking bomb" - Variety Magazine

"A hard hitting, thought provoking drama" – Int'l Herald Tribune

“A powerful work of existentialism" - Dimitri Eipides

"Intriguing cultural document"– NY Times

"Deeply affecting" – The L Magazine

"Brave, compelling and singular." – Amnesty International

In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offender’s life. Day Break - based on a compilation of true stories and shot inside Tehran's century-old prison - revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour, a man found guilty of murder. When the family of the victim repeatedly fails to show up on the appointed day, Mansour’s execution is postponed again and again. Stuck inside the purgatory of his own mind, he waits as time passes on without him, caught between life and death, retribution and forgiveness.


Mansour: Hossein Yari
Hashem: Zabi Afshar
Atifeh: Hoda Nasseh
Heydar: Atash Taghipour
Mother: Maryam Amirjallali

Director, Producer: Hamid Rahmanian
Writers: Mehran Kashani and Hamid Rahmanian
Director of Photography: Byrom Fazli
Visual and Sound Editor: Ebrahim Saeedi
Original Score and Music performed by David Bergeaud,
Artist Consultant to the Director: Melissa Hibbard

Fiction. 84 minutes, ©2005
Original format – 35 mm
Screening format - HD CAM, Digibeta and DVD
In Farsi with English Subtitles


World Premiere, Toronto Film Festival, 2005
Special Selection, Venice Film Festival, 2006

Nominated for the “Northern European Critics’ Award” – Best First Film, NatFilm Festival, 2006

Special Jury Award, Festival of African, Asian and Latin American Cinema of Milan, Italy, 2006

The Jury Award, Annonay Int’l Festival of First Films, France, 2006

Special Award, Fajr Film Festival, Iran, 2006

"Best Leading Actor", International Festival of Cinema and Religion, Italy,
"Best of the Middle East", Indianapolis Int'l Film Festival, USA, 2006

2006Toronto International Film Festival

Study Topics

Islamic World Studies
Islamic Law
Human Rights
Film Studies