Pakalniņa's «Dawn» among top 50 European movies

Laila Pakalniņa's feature film Dawndescribed by Latvia's Film Center as a "grotesque about the Soviet system and a society distorted by it", has been listed among the 50 films recommended for a nomination in the European Film Awards 2016.

Dawn (Latvian: Ausma) is the only Baltic film appearing on the list, the National Film Center told the press on Tuesday, and it's the first time a Latvian movie has a chance to vie for the award.

The film is based on a Soviet propaganda story about Young Pioneer (the Soviet equivalent of a Boy Scout) Morozov, who denounced his father to the secret police and was in turn killed by his family.

Dawn is a joint production between Latvia, Estonia and Poland.

In the coming weeks, over 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter.

The nominations will be announced November 5 at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

While a jury consisting of seven members will decide on the awards recipients in the categories European Cinematographer, Editor, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Hair & Make-up Artist, Composer and Sound Designer.

The 29th European Film Awards will take place on December 10 in Wroclaw. Rīga played host to the awards ceremony in 2014.

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