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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katrin Cartlidge ... Anne

Rade Serbedzija ... Aleksander

Grégoire Colin ... Kiril
Labina Mitevska ... Zamira
Jay Villiers ... Nick
Silvija Stojanovska ... Hana

Phyllida Law ... Anne's Mother
Josif Josifovski ... Father Marko
Kiril Ristoski ... Father Damjan
Petar Mircevski ... Zdrave
Ljupco Bresliski ... Mitre
Igor Madzirov ... Stojan
Ilko Stefanovski ... Bojan
Suzana Kirandziska ... Neda
Katerina Kocevska ... Kate
Vladimir Endrovski ... Trajce
Abdurrahman Shala ... Zekir (as Abdurahman Salja)
Vladimir Jacev ... Alija
Peter Needham ... Maire d'
Rod Woodruff ... Waiter in Fight
Aleksandar Mikic ... Atanas
Meto Jovanovski ... Dr. Saso
Cvetko Mareski ... Boy with Gun
Boris Delcevski ... Petre
Dejan Velkov ... Mate
Mladen Krstevski ... Trifun
Dzemail Maksut ... Kuzman
Mile Jovanovski ... Priest Singing at Funeral
Milica Stojanova ... Aunt Cveta
Kiril Psaltirov ... Mome
Metodi Psaltirov ... Tome
Blagoja Spirkovski-Dzumerko ... Gang Leader
Sando Monev ... Blagoj
Atila Klince ... Sefer
Arben Kastrati ... Ramiz
Daniel Newman ... Ian
Gabrielle Hamilton ... Woman in Cab
Moni Damevski ... George
Ljupcho Todorovski ... Kizo
Melissa Wilkes ... Retarded Child
Joe Gould ... Redhead Waiter
Goran ... Goran
Nino Levi ... Mailman
Lence Delova ... Bossy Clerk
Jordan Vitanov ... Policeman

Directed by
Milcho Manchevski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Milcho Manchevski 

Produced by
Marc Baschet .... co-producer
Judy Counihan .... producer
Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela .... co-producer
Cédomir Kolar .... producer
Sheila Fraser Milne .... associate producer
David Redman .... associate producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
Sam Taylor .... producer
Chris Thompson .... line producer
Goran Tozija .... co-producer (as Gordon Tozija)
Cat Villiers .... producer
Original Music by
Dragan Dautovski 
Zlatko Origjanski 
Zoran Spasovski 
Goran Trajkoski  (as Goran Trajkovski)
Cinematography by
Manuel Teran 
Film Editing by
Nicolas Gaster 
Casting by
Moni Damevski 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
David Munns 
Costume Design by
Caroline Harris 
Sue Yelland 
Makeup Department
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Sandra Ivatovic .... assistant hair stylist (as Sandra Todorovic)
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
Radmila Todorovic .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Stevan Acevski .... production manager (as Stevce Acevski)
Stevce Acevski .... production manager
Simon Hardy .... production manager
Nikola Popovic .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanja Aljinovic .... assistant director
Filip Cemerski .... third assistant director
Moni Damevski .... third assistant director
Nicolas Gaster .... second unit director
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director
Zoran Mladenovic .... first assistant director
Alex Nikolic .... dga trainee
Stuart Renfrew .... third assistant director
Mary Soan .... assistant director
Piers Thompson .... assistant director
Art Department
Nicole Albert .... set dresser
St. John Bowman .... prop master
Annabel Hands .... stand-by props
Mike Houseman .... construction manager
Colin Hutton .... art department assistant
Robert Jazadziski .... art department assistant
Nikola Lazarevski .... assistant art director
Suzana Mihajlovska .... storyboard artist
Vangel Mijovski .... stand-by props
Pance Minov .... assistant art director
Pance Minov .... set dresser
Michael T. Roberts .... assistant art director
Gico Stratiev .... prop master
Gary Cergol .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Polly Aitken .... footsteps editor
Peter Baldock .... sound
Simon Cox .... boom operator
Peter Elliott .... dialogue editor
Aidan Hobbs .... sound recordist
Derek Holding .... dialogue editor
Marton Jankov-Tomica .... boom operator (as Morton Jankov)
Keith Lowes .... dubbing associate
Laurie McDowell .... sound: second unit
Clive Pendry .... assistant sound mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Fontana .... special effects
Valentin Lozev .... special effects
Parvan Parvanov .... stunt coordinator
Rod Woodruff .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Sead Bihorac .... grip assistant
Petar Bogoeski .... gaffer
Fero Brant .... assistant camera
John Donne .... key grip
Rémy Fourneron .... focus puller
Bob Horsefield .... best boy
Milisav Krstevski .... best boy
Philippe Le Sourd .... focus puller
Philippe Le Sourd .... second unit cameraman
Sophie Molins .... still photographer (as Sophie Mollins)
Mane Naskov .... grip assistant
Jason Olive .... clapper loader
Sreten Pakovski .... assistant camera
John Pardue .... assistant camera
Thierry Pouget .... focus puller
Simon Reeves .... second unit cameraman
Dragan Salkovski .... second unit cameraman
Vladimir Samoilovski .... Steadicam operator
Kenny Sykes .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tina Foster .... wardrobe assistant
Katya Ivanova .... wardrobe assistant
Zaklina Krstevska .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Kim Gaster .... second assistant editor
Laurie McDowell .... first assistant editor
Anne Sopel .... associate editor
Transportation Department
Zoran Risteski .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Kosta Balabanov .... consultant: Art History and Ethnology
Leonard Vigas Dos Santos .... production assistant
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Renée Glynne .... script supervisor
Eve Heeks .... assistant accountant
Biki Jandrevska .... production assistant
Vladimir Kralevski .... consultant: Macedonian Church
Catherine Lecompte .... production accountant
Biljana Mirkovic .... script supervisor
Mira Nikcevska .... production secretary
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
David Pinnington .... unit location manager
Patrice Salja .... production assistant
Chloe Sizer .... production associate
Matthew Wilson .... chief executive: Aim Productions
Vanja Lazarova .... singer: "So maki sum se rodil jas" (uncredited)
Kosta Balabanov .... special thanks
Kim Ballard .... special thanks
Milan Banov .... special thanks
Steve Barker .... special thanks
John Campbell .... thanks
Steve Cleary .... special thanks
Jose Covo .... with special thanks to
Henryck Croscicki .... special thanks
Bob Crowdey .... special thanks
Jan de Cruz .... special thanks
Mike Downey .... thanks
Graham Easton .... special thanks
Simon Hardy .... with thanks to: for his contribution to production
Steve Harrow .... special thanks
Guner Ismail .... special thanks
Darius Khondji .... with thanks to: for contribution to cinematography
Xavier Marchand .... special thanks
Cameron McCracken .... special thanks
Kevin O'Shea .... special thanks
Aline Perry .... special thanks
Simon Perry .... with special thanks to
Simon Scotland .... with thanks to: for his contribution to production
Abdurrahman Shala .... dedicatee (as Abdurahman Salja)

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113 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Annette Insdorf, renowned Professor of Film at 'Columbia University' considers Before the Rain (1994) "one of the greatest first features in the history of cinema".See more »
Continuity: In the restaurant, over 30 shots are fired with a pistol without reloading.See more »
[first line]
Father Marko:It's going to rain.
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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Definition & Explanation of the Macedonian Problem, 11 February 2004
Author: viktor83 from Berlin, Germany

This film by Milcho Manchevski is the ideal when talking about explaining and defining the Macedonian problem. I am Macedonian but I live in Germany. So I think I have an overview so that I am able to criticize. The problem between the ethnic groups in Macedonia go around in circles. But in the end it turns out that the circle goes round like a ferry wheel. Everything is happening again and again. The circle is not round though. In every end there is a change. A change which always makes the new beginning worse. In a way it is like a spiral. And Manchevski is smartly telling three stories. They are not linear, but in a way they come close to what the problem really is like. With the last episode he connects the three stories, and you can feel the message - his message.

Unfortunately this film was quite popular only in Europe and I think even in the US, but in Macedonia it was rarely seen by the people. I think if every single Macedonian Citizen had seen and understood this movie, it would be much easier to solve the Macedonian problem today. Because what it says is that we ourselves kill each other. Because of hatred and ethnic principles we force ourselves to fight against each other. And that is exactly why it is leading to nowhere. Because it is a circle...and the circle is not round. And one day, when the spiral is at its end, it's going to be too late.

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