Even the Rain
Tambien La Lluvia
2010, Vitagraph Films, 104 min, Spain, Mexico, France, Bolivia, Dir: Iciar Bollain

Spain Conquered the New World for Gold
500 Years Later, Water is Gold
Not Much Else has Changed…

"Even the Rain" is a brilliant movie. At a time when the poor of the world seem to be rising up, I found myself deeply moved and completely enthralled by this film. I encourage everyone in search of a great movie to go see "Even the Rain."
- Filmmaker, Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 911)

Critics Pick! “Splendidly panoramic...a grandeur and a force reminiscent of Terrence Malick films."
—Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Spanish film crew helmed by idealistic director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) come to Bolivia to make a revisionist epic about the conquest of Latin America - on the cheap. Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as “Daniel,” a local cast as a 16th century native in the film within a film. When the make-up and loin cloth come off, Daniel sails into action protesting his community’s deprivation of water at the hands of multi-national corporations.

When riots break out in Cochabamba, protesting excessive fees for water, production is interrupted and the convictions of the crew members are challenged. Sebastian and Costa are forced to make an unexpected emotional journey in opposite directions.

With ample irony, Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) explores the effects of Spanish imperialism, still resonating some 500 years later in the continued struggle against oppression by indigenous people.

This fictional Fitzcarraldo-like quest to make a film against all odds, is set against the back drop of the real life “Water Wars,” fought against the privatization of Bolivia’s water supply in the year 2000 and is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn, as well as the stories of 16th century priests, Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, the first radical voices of conscience against an Empire.

From the distributors of THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX. Directed by Iciar Bollain (Take My Eyes) and written by long-time Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley).

“...melding stinging irony with riveting, personal drama.
Dark, incisive, and ultimately hopeful.”
–Daniel Persons, HUFFINGTON POST

“…Tosar’s performance is at once subtle and shattering.”

“A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed." –Jonathan Holland, VARIETY

Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2010, Valavodid International Film Festival, Spain 2010, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011 and the Berlin International Film Festival 2011.

- 13 Goya Award Nomination in Spain

- Winner of 6 Writers Circle Awards in Spain

- 201 Berlin Film Festival Audience Award Winner

- Palm Springs International Film Festival Cinema Without Borders "Bridging the Borders Award" to a film that helps bring the people of our world closer together.

- Academy Award Short List for Best Foreign Film

- Association of Latin Critics of Entertainment, New York awarded Tambien La Lluvia Best Film, Best Director, Best Co-Star (Gael Garcia Bernal)

- The James Agee Cinema Circle “Progie” Award nominees for 2010’s Best Progressive Films and Filmmakers.
Even the Rain won in the following categories:

THE GILLO Award: The Progie Award for BEST PROGRESSIVE FOREIGN FILM; THE ROBESON Award: The Progie Award for the BEST PORTRAYAL OF PEOPLE OF COLOR that shatters cinema stereotypes, in light of their historically demeaning depictions onscreen; THE LAWSON Award: The Progie Award for BEST ANTI-FASCIST FILM.


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