Before Dawn

Gabriel Vanderpas

Following an accident, a young woman must face the responsibility of the child of her best friend, whom she agreed to be the godmother.

ProductionStenola Productions
CoproductionLeïla Films and Take Five
Partners RTBF (Belgian Television), The cinema and audiovisual center of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the SACD and the SABAM
Short film
Colors, 15 min.

"A few years ago, I lost one of my best friends in a car accident. In the middle of the night he was coming home from dinner with his wife at his side. They were coming back to their four-month baby who spent the weekend with his grandparents, when their car left the road. My friends were killed instantly, leaving their child orphaned. It happened on the weekend of Father's Day.

Becoming a father has profoundly changed my view of the world. This experience made me put a lot of things into perspective and opened my eyes to what is really essential for me.
By starting a family and becoming responsible for another human being, I saw my balance center move. I could not imagine a life without my children. They became my priority, my first concern. Even if becoming a parent also generates morbid anguish ... "And if something happened to my child, how would I react? "

Friendship, mourning, commitment, loneliness, responsibility of a child ... Here are the ingredients of this short film through which I wish to explore how someone prepares, both psychologically and physically, for the care of a child. A path all the more dangerous when the child is not your own. In the film, this preparation of the heroine goes through solitude and silence. A temporary escape from the world that allows one to approach, more closely, the introspection of the character of Iris, facing the most important decision of her life."

Gabriel Vanderpas


DirectionGabriel Vanderpas
ScreenplayGabriel Vanderpas, Samuel Malhoure
ProducersAnton Iffland Stettner
Gabriel Vanderpas
Eva Kuperman
Production directorOlan Bowland
Continiuty WomanAdelaïde Brun
First assistant directorMatthias Morard
Sound engineerJeanne Debarsy
Director of photographyTristan Galand
Set DesignerLisa Etienne
EditingBruno Tracq
Sound editingJeff Levillain
MusicTuur Florizoone ; Eloi Ragot


IrisAna Rodriguez
JeanneMelissa Leon y Martin
MartinDan Gagnon
FannyMara Taquin
LéaNiki Vranken


BelgiumBrussels Short Film Festival
FranceLe Court en dit long
IcelandNohern Wave Official Short Film Festival
South KoreaAsiana International Short Film Festival
ChileSouth Film and Arts academy Festival
USAPennsylvannia Film Award
RomaniaCluj Shorts Film Festival
FranceFestival du premier court-métrage
ItalyUnder The Stars International Film Festival
HungaryBudapest Independent Film Festival

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