Screening of the film “Before the Rain” in the Czech Center in New York
Within the program “Window to Europe film” on 8th December at the Czech Center in New York, held a screening of Macedonian film “Before the Rain”, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the award “Golden Lion” of the fifty-first edition of festival in Venice. The screening took place in the presence of the director Milcho Manchevski, who after the film had a Q&A session with the audience.
The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Grégoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Šerbedžija) to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious tension about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, this gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema’s most powerful laments on the futility of war. -The Criterion Collection