Part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Cinematic Celebration at Cosford Cinema, EVEN THE RAIN is a political film that parallels imperialism and filmmaking in South America. Our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration focuses on female filmmakers working in the Spanish language and include films from Latin America and Spain. The Women and Gender Studies Department and School of Communication invites you to join us for these five special films over the next five weeks celebrating Hispanic artists and their unique voices and contributions to cinema. EVEN THE RAIN screens limitedly on Friday September 21 at 7PM and Saturday September 22 at 6PM.
EVEN THE RAIN (TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA) sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart, while examining the personal belief systems of the members of a film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the conquest of Latin America. Set in February and March 2000 when real-life protests against the privatization of water rocked the nation, the film reflexively blurs the line between fiction and reality. The idealist film director is relentless, pushing ahead against all odds, ignoring the prevailing danger about to disrupt at any moment. Despite the devastation emerging around him, Sebastian seems unable to engage with any emotion other than a dogmatic desire to get his film done.
"A film within a film, EVEN THE RAIN holds up a hall of mirrors to the Third World and invites us to look in."
-Rick Groen, GLOBE AND MAIL
Directed Iciar Bollain. Unrated.
Spain/Mexico/Bolivia, 2011, Digital Projection, 103minutes, Color, Spanish and Quechua with English Subtitles.