Directed by Milcho Manchevski, drama, 113 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Milcho Manchevski
With Katrin Cartlidge, Grégoire Colin, Labina Mitevska, Rade Serbedzija
When a mysterious incident in the fabled Macedonian mountains blows out of proportion, it threatens to start a civil war, and brings together a silent young monk, a London picture editor, and a disillusioned war photographer in this tragic tale of fated lovers. Told in three parts (Words-Faces-Pictures), and linked by characters and events, Before The Rain explores the uncompromising nature of war as it ravages the lives of the unsuspecting, and forces the innocent to take sides.
Before the Rain is a modern classic, captivating both for its story and its illusionistic circular narrative, creating a powerful portrait of Europe in the shadow of the most fundamental impulses of human nature: Eros and Thanatos. The film is set to the mesmerising original score of the Macedonian band, Anastasia, fusing traditional instruments with electronic soundscapes and Byzantine chants and vocals. Manchevski’s directorial debut won the Golden Lion in Venice in 1994 and it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the Academy Awards. Nowadays, the film is widely studied at universities. The New York Times has included it on its list "Best 1000 Films Ever Made".