By Michael Brooke :
Down By Dawn is the story of an elderly booze-addled man, who lives a banal, rural life repeating the same, systematic routine over and over. Seeking escape from his drab existence he continuously devours old spaghetti westerns and becomes spellbound by the protagonists. Inspired by their heroism he embarks on a cross-country journey in a desperate attempt to track down a girl he once knew, willing to do whatever necessary to rekindle a long-lost love. DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laid-back to avoid being framed for crimes they didn't commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English language is both entertaining and infuriating. More useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route.
By Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
In Louisiana, Laurette has an argument with her boyfriend, DJ Zack a.k.a. Lee Baby Simms, and breaks up with him. The upset Zack drinks alcohol on the street and his acquaintance Preston offers him US$ 1,500 to drive a Jaguar to the other side of the city. However, there is one problem - a man is locked up in the trunk of the car. Zack is arrested and sent to the Orleans Parish Prison. Meanwhile the pimp Jack is framed by his acquaintance, arrested and put in the same cell as Zack. When an Italian Roberto, a.k.a. Bob, who does not speak English very well joins them in the same cell, the trio develops a strange friendship. Bob proposes a means of escape from prison.