21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2024

Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes

Germany, 2021 : Canadian Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sun, Apr 24 9:00 PM Buy


A couple spend eternity in a castle until their reality starts to shift.

A love letter to the Gothic horror films of the ‘60s and ‘70s, DAWN BREAKS BEHIND THE EYES harnesses an incredible vintage look before the psychedelic mayhem really begins. A strange puzzle, with some gore thrown in for good measure, the German mystery horror is one wild trip.

FrightFest 2021

The Austrian - Sri Lankan director and painter graduated from his studies of Fine Art at the University of Arts Berlin in 2013. In the same year he was listed as one of "30 Under 30 Groundbreaking Young Artists" by the American trade magazine "Art Business News". His debut short film HADES premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and his films have screened at over 70 festivals.

press for Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes

"I legitimately felt like I had taken shrooms and sat in the dark with strangers for an hour and 12 minutes and I’m not mad about it."
- Dread Central
"Kopacka's playful metacinematic endeavour is as gorgeously realised as it is wilfully esoteric."
- Eye For Film

screened with a short film


Rental Mom

Turkey, 2020, 12 m 13 s, Director Neslihan Yesilyurt


Narrative / Horror / Mystery

German | English Subtitles
73 minutes


Kevin Kopacka

Kevin Kopacka
Lili Villányi

Kevin Kopacka
Lili Villányi

Lukas Dolgner



Winner BloodGuts UK Horror Award, Best Film - FrightFest 2021
Winner Best International Feature Film - Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre Film Festival 2021
Winner Jury Award Best Production & Set Design - Nevermore Festival 2022
Winner Best Feature Film - Phenomena Festival 2021
Winner Best Feature Film (Audience Award) - Be Afraid Film Festival 2021
Winner Best Feature Film - Pumpkin Fantasy Film Festival 2021
Winner Best Supporting Actor - Nightmare Film Festival 2021
Winner Best Feature Film - Dracula Film Festival 2021
Winner Best Cinematography - FilmQuest Festival 2021

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