'Between Two Dawns' by Student Selman Nacar Acquired by Luxbox Films

Daniel Beltis
May 07, 2021

Between Two Dawns, written, directed and produced by current student Selman Nacar, was acquired for distribution by Paris-based sales company Luxbox Films. Turkey’s Kuyu Film, Karma Film and Fol Film lead produce in co-production with Arizona Productions (France), Libra Film (Romania), and Nephilim Producciones (Spain), with the support of Turkish broadcaster TRT. 

Nacar has said of his film, "Between Two Dawns is a film that covers less than 24 hours, takes shape around an accident, and focuses on an ethical decision Kadir [the protagonist] has to make in between his family, a poor woman who is about to lose her husband, and his girlfriend.” 

Between Two Dawns takes place when a worker is severely injured in a sheet factory run by the family of Kadir. To protect the family business, Kadir is forced to conspire in a cover-up that alters the lives of the people involved and unveils long-held secrets.

The film has a production budget of 220,000 euros ($255,000), and has picked up support from several sources, including a CNC post-production grant, Meetings on the Bridge’s Anadolu Efes Award, the Turkish Ministry of Culture’s post-production grant, and Chainsaw Europe Sound Award.

Selman Nacar is a filmmaker, currently pursuing his MFA in Directing at Columbia University in New York. He graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Law Faculty in 2015 and Film & Television Faculty in 2016. He has written and directed 4 short films, which received recognition at many international film festivals. Also, he is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent 2019. Nacar co-produced The Pillar of Salt in 2018, which premiered at the 68th Berlin Film Festival in the Forum Section, and he produced Belonging in 2019, which premiered at the 69th Berlin Film Festival in the Forum Section.

Inside of a factory