EVEN THE RAIN – Thu 11 October, 8pm

By January 18, 2011 archive, Season 7 Films

Even The Rain  |  Tambien la Lluvia

Director: Iciar Bollain

Spain/Mexico/France  |  2011  |  103 mins  |  Cert: CLUB

Starring: Luis Tosar, Gael Garcia Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Carlos Santos, Raul Arevalo

Language: Spanish, Quechua

Gael García Bernal (Amores perros) stars as film director Sebastian who, along with his hard-nosed producer Costa (Luis Tosar), sets out to make a revisionist drama about the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Costa has decided to shoot in Bolivia, because it’s the cheapest place in South America. Sebastian casts a local man, Daniel, as the Taíno chieftain who led a rebellion against the Spaniards. Unbeknownst to the director, Daniel is leading his community’s demonstrations against the government’s decision to privatise water. As the filming progresses, the two stories – the 1512 rebellion and the twenty-first-century riots – cleverly serve to underline the impact of colonialism on the New World and the continuing exploitation of its resources by outsiders. This engrossing and multi-layered film-within-a-film is scripted by Ken Loach-collaborator Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and directed by Icíar Bollaín (Take My Eyes). – Sydney Film Festival 2012

Read The Guardian review. ****

Read The Washington Post review. ****