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Milcho Manchevski's first feature film is a three-part story of the violence and political chaos tearing apart the newly independent nation of Macedonia former Yugoslavia. In part one, Kiril Grégoire Colin, an Orthodox monk, encounters Zamira Labina Mitevska, a Muslim from Albania. Zamira is frightened and has nowhere to go, so Kiril lets her stay in his cell, knowing that if the authorities find her, his peaceful life will be shattered. The second segment, set in London, concerns Anne Katrin Cartlidge, married ...
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Overview

Milcho Manchevski's first feature film is a three-part story of the violence and political chaos tearing apart the newly independent nation of Macedonia former Yugoslavia. In part one, Kiril Grégoire Colin, an Orthodox monk, encounters Zamira Labina Mitevska, a Muslim from Albania. Zamira is frightened and has nowhere to go, so Kiril lets her stay in his cell, knowing that if the authorities find her, his peaceful life will be shattered. The second segment, set in London, concerns Anne Katrin Cartlidge, married to stable but boring Nick Jay Villiers but enjoying an affair with Macedonian photographer Aleksander Rade Serbedzija; Anne is trying to decide if she should stay with Nick or leave with Aleksander, before unexpected events make the decision for her. The conclusion follows Aleksander back to Macedonia; while he's tired of photographing war, he finds no sanctuary in his home town, as Christians and Muslims wage war and he accidentally causes the death of innocent bystanders. Before the Rain received an 1995 Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign Language Film.
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Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski; Audio commentary featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf and Manchevski; New video inteview with actor Rade Šerbedžija; Behind the scenes in Macedonia, a short 1993 documentary about the making of Before the Rain; Soundtrack selections, featuring the music of Macedonian band Anastasia; On-set footage, theatrical trailers, and stills galleries of production photos, storyboards, and letters; A selection of Manchevski's photography collection street; Manchevski's award-winning "Tennessee" music video; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: a new essay by film scholar Ian Christie
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The winner of a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, Before the Rain represents an impressive feature debut for its talented director, Milcho Manchevski. Essentially a political film, but told with a subtlety and attention to nuance that is often foreign to such films, Rain is sometimes challenging (especially in its not-always-obvious bending of chronology) but always rewarding. Rich in its use of symbols (especially circles representing repetition and closure and water representing purification), it is also a visually stunning film, with frequently gorgeous cinematography capturing the Macedonian landscape and bringing it to full bodied life. There's a special texture to Rain, a mystical feeling that is practically tangible. Manchevski elicits impressive performances from his international cast. Rade Serbedzija holds the screen with great power and presence, exhibiting the weariness of the character without giving in to ennui. Katrin Cartlidge is excellent as his lover, speaking volumes with a flicker of her eyes, and Gregoire Colin portrays the conflicted monk with admirable skill. Rain is not without flaws -- it is sometimes more concerned with technique, style and theme at the expense of deep character development -- but such flaws are minor. Seven years would elapse before the release of Manchevski's next film, Dust.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • UPC: 715515029421
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,442

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katrin Cartlidge Anne
Rade Serbedzija Aleksandar
Grégoire Colin Kiril
Labina Mitevska Zamira
Silvija Stojanovska Hana
Jay Villiers Nick
Phyllida Law Anne's Mother
Abdurahan Salja Zekir
Peter Needham Maire d'
Rod Woodruff Waiter in Fight
Meto Jovanovski Dr Saso
Milica Stojanova Aunt Cveta
Joe Gould Redhead Waiter
Technical Credits
Milcho Manchevski Director, Screenwriter
Anastasia Score Composer
Marc Baschet Co-producer
Judy Counihan Producer
Moni Damevski Casting
Frederique Dumas-Zajdela Co-producer
Nicolas Gaster Editor
Caroline Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan Hills Makeup
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Cedomir Kolar Producer
Sharon Lomofsky Production Designer
Sheila Fraser Milne Associate Producer
David Munns Production Designer
David Redman Associate Producer
Liora Reich Casting
Morag Ross Makeup
Paul Sarony Producer
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Sam Taylor Producer
Manuel Teran Cinematographer
Gorjan Tizija Co-producer
Gorjan Tozija Co-producer
Cat Villers Producer
Sue Yelland Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Before the Rain
1. Logos/Opening Credits [4:10]
2. "Words" [7:11]
3. Funeral [6:20]
4. "Eye for An Eye" [5:53]
5. Escape [6:01]
6. Grandpa and Brother [6:39]
7. "Faces" [5:03]
8. Anne and Aleksandar [8:38]
9. Restaurant [1:30]
10. "Pictures" [9:16]
11. Homecoming [5:29]
12. Family [5:42]
13. Albanians [6:08]
14. The Doctor [7:30]
15. "I Took Sides" [5:22]
16. Hana's Visit [6:24]
17. "Shoot, Cousin, Shoot" [5:21]
18. Rain [5:10]
19. Color Bars [5:18]
1. Great First Feature [4:10]
2. Idea and Script [7:11]
3. Double Feature [6:20]
4. Style [5:53]
5. Internal Rhyming [6:01]
6. Anastasia [6:39]
7. A New Mystery [5:03]
8. Phyllida and Katrin [8:38]
9. Violent Tension [1:30]
10. Contemporary Macedonia [9:16]
11. Loss of Innocene [5:29]
12. The Two Corpses [5:42]
13. Filmmaking Experience [6:08]
15. The Photographs [5:22]
14. Bordering Conflicts [7:30]
16. Ghostly Women [6:24]
17. Creative Geography [5:21]
18. Tragic Vision [5:10]
19. Color Bars [5:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Before the Rain
   Play
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Director's Statement: Off
      Director's Statement: Onn
      Index
   Supplements
      Rade ŠerbedŽija Interview
         Play
      Behind the Scenes in Macedonia
         Play
      On-Set Footage
      Soundtrack Selections
         Play
         Index
            "Time Never Dies"
            "Funeral Theme"
            "In a London Cab"
            "Pass Over"
            "Death of Aleksandar"
            "The Cirlce Is Not Found"
      Trailers
         International Theatrical Trailer
         U.S. Theatrical Trailer
         Manchevski Recut Trailer
      Stills Galleries
         Behind-the-Scenes Photographs
         Storyboards, Drawings, Letters
      Street Photography
         Director's Statement
         1-20
         21-40
         41-60
         61-79
      "Tennessee" Music Video
         Play
   Subtitles
      On/Off
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