Even the Rain (Tambien la Lluvia)

Director Icíar Bollaín
Genre Drama
Runtime 103 minutes
Supplier Vitagraph Films
Festivals/Awards Official Academy Award® Submission from Spain 2011
Release Date In theatres on March 11, 2011
DVD/Blu-ray available on October 16, 2012


A Spanish film crew helmed by idealistic director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) come to Bolivia to make a revisionist epic about the conquest of Latin America - on the cheap. Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as "Daniel," a local cast as a 16th century native in the film within a film. When the make-up and loin cloth come off, Daniel sails into action protesting his community's deprivation of water at the hands of multi-national corporations.

When riots break out in Cochabamba, protesting excessive fees for water, production is interrupted and the convictions of the crew members are challenged. Sebastian and Costa are forced to make an unexpected emotional journey in opposite directions.

With ample irony, Even the Rain (También la Lluvia), explores the effects of Spanish imperialism, still resonating some 500 years later in the continued struggle against oppression by indigenous people.

This fictional Fitzcarraldo-like quest to make a film against all odds, is set against the back drop of the real life "Water Wars," fought against the privatization of Bolivia's water supply in the year 2000 and is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn, as well as the stories of 16th century priests, Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, the first radical voices of conscience against an Empire.

From the distributors of The Baader Meinhof Complex. Directed by Iciar Bollain (Take My Eyes) and written by long-time Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley).

Official Academy Award® Submission from Spain 2011

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Cast & Credits

Daniel / Atuey Juan Carlos Aduviri
Costa Luis Tosar
Sebastián Gael García Bernal

Press & Articles

“'Even the Rain': New World disorder” - The Toronto Star

“'Even the Rain': Old and New Worlds collide again ” - The Globe and Mail

“All this and allegory too in ‘Even the Rain’” - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“'Even the Rain' an eye opener ” - Sun Media

“A film about exploitation is exploited” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Critic's Pick: 'Even the Rain'” - The Washington Post

“'Even the Rain' and the need for dealing with complexity” - World Socialist Web Site

“'Even the Rain' Review” - Huffington Post

“'Even the Rain' Review” - Playback:stl

“'Even the Rain' Review” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Critics' Pick: 'Even the Rain': Discovering Columbus’s Exploitation” - The New York Times

“'Even the Rain' Review” - The A.V. Club

“Film-within-a-film takes on politics of exploitation” - The Boston Globe

“'Even The Rain': Rain dance” - NOW Magazine

“'Even the Rain': filmmakers try to colonize a new sort of natives” - The Oregonian

“'Even the Rain' Review” - Boxoffice Magazine

“'Even the Rain' Review” - Orlando Sentinel

Even the Rain (Tambien la Lluvia)

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In Theatres Now

Oct.17, 2012 Milton, ON Milton Film Forum
Nov.3, 2012 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Amnesty International Film Festival

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