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Lana's Rain -- This powerful, hard-edged crime drama explores the dark side of the American immigrant experience and dares to ask, "How far would you go to survive?" Lana's only chance to escape the war-torn Balkans is her long-lost brother, Darko, a street-smart gangster with enemies intent on revenge. Isolated at first by her inability to speak English, Lana desperately hopes that she and her brother can achieve the American dream that she can only glimpse. But her illusions are shattered as she is forced to survive by any means possible on the mean streets of Chicago. As she gets pulled deeper and deeper into her brother's criminal world while a steely determination grows in her heart, lana must risk her own life to overcome Darko and his pursuers if she hopes to finally realize her dream.


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27 February 2004 (USA) See more »
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Oksana Orlan ... Lana (as Oksana Orlenko)

Nickolai Stoilov ... Darco Lucev
Luoyong Wang ... Julian

Stephanie Childers ... Katrina
Stacey Crawley ... Vermonica (as Stacey Slowik)

David Darlow ... Gen. Donoffrio
Alex Diatchenco ... Celo

Tony Castillo ... Marco
Kelly Haizen ... Alex
Robert Varvel ... Nayona
Yasen Peyankov ... Cab Driver

Ron Dean ... Lou
Jason Pardo ... Leon
Abelardo Ghoulam ... Gus
Andrzej Krukowski ... Doctor (as Andrew Krukowski)
Khallid Shabazz ... Newspaper Vendor
Holly France ... Nurse Shot
Jason Wells ... Surgeon
Travis Taylor ... Thug #2

Jack McCabe ... John #1
Joanne Goodman ... Bag Lady
Donna Whats ... Office Clerk
Grant Adelman ... Bartender
George Long ... Homeless Man
Karen Racutt ... Homeless Woman
Richard Shavzin ... Hotel Clerk
Debbie Barton ... Marco's Prostitute
Lora Starkman ... Bar Girl (as Laura Starkman)
Matthew Stratton ... Thug #1
Jackie Seigel ... Bar Patron

Juan Frausto ... Farther Moving
Kevin Deigel ... Boy Moving
Michael Seigel ... Boy Moving
James Purcinski ... Skateboarder
Davor Kelek ... Bosnian Soldier #1
Edward Perovic ... Bosnian Soldier #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ed Cray ... Bosnian Gangster

Kelley Hazen ... Alex

Cris D'Annunzio ... Bartender (uncredited)
Sofie Dejus ... Smoking Hooker (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael S. Ojeda  (as Michael Ojeda)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael S. Ojeda  (as Michael Ojeda)

Produced by
Romano Bogdan .... line producer: Croatia
Carlton Brown .... associate producer
Jeff Dillard .... executive producer
Jeffery Dillard .... executive producer
Joel Goodman .... producer
Robert Max Kuhar .... co-producer
James McClain .... executive producer
Misty Tosh .... co-producer
Original Music by
William Brown 
Cinematography by
Gennadi Balitski 
Film Editing by
Michael S. Ojeda  (as Michael Ojeda)
Casting by
Richard Shavzin 
Production Design by
Lorianne Olson 
Art Direction by
Michelle Caplan 
Set Decoration by
Merje Veski 
Makeup Department
Denise Pawlak .... assistant makeup artist
Patricia Ranger .... assistant hair stylist: second unit
Patricia Ranger .... assistant makeup artist: second unit
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... key hair stylist
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... key makeup artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... key makeup artist: second unit
Production Management
Misty Tosh .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelle Abel .... second second assistant director
Frank Caridi .... second assistant director: second unit
Frank Pinnock .... first assistant director
Bruce Terris .... first assistant director: second unit
Jen White .... second assistant director
Art Department
Abelardo Ghoulam .... sculptor
Pete Ibarra .... assistant property master
Orion Jensen .... construction coordinator
Anthony Neil .... property master
Heather O'Connor .... art department assistant
Sean Stickney .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Ken Bogpanski .... boom operator
Craig Harding .... audio dialogue re-enforcement
Brian Rohr .... sound editor
Ernest J. Saunders III .... production sound mixer
Philippe Espantoso .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Pierre Paquet .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mary Stratton .... special effects assistant
Matthew Stratton .... special effects coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Tom Lowell .... stunt double: Darko
Linda Perlin .... stunt double: Lana
Ed Purcinski .... stunt car mechanic
Amory Williams .... stunt car mechanic
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Adkins .... first assistant camera: second unit
Gennadi Balitski .... camera operator: "a" camera
Carlton Brown .... camera operator: "b" camera
Shaw Hawkins Burrows .... key grip
Jeff Conrad .... gaffer
Deborah Cottington .... still photographer
Simone Garcia .... grip
Makoto Higashi .... grip
Matthew Janke .... dolly grip: second unit (as Matt Jenke)
David Jones .... dolly grip: second unit
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom .... dolly grip: second unit
Jimmy Molise .... grip
June Park .... second second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gina Provenzale .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Yaanis Rutmans .... best boy (as Yannis Rutmans)
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Michelle Abel .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lenore Bruce .... wardrobe assistant
Holly France .... wardrobe supervisor
Asia Roverson .... wardrobe assistant
R.J. Seidel .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Brian Rohr .... first assistant editor
Bob Sliga .... colorist
Transportation Department
Timothy Jedlink .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jennifer Annello .... script supervisor
Debbie Barton .... production assistant
James Cable .... production assistant: second unit
Rocco Cataldo .... production assistant
Yasir Chaudhry .... production coordinator
Mike Clay .... craft service
Stacey Crawley .... production assistant (as Stacey Slowik)
Sofie Dejus .... production assistant
Jeff Dillard .... legal services
Juan Frausto .... production assistant
Maya Gavin .... location assistant
Enrique Gomez Jr. .... production assistant (as Enrique Gomez)
Brian Grant .... production assistant
Adrienne Kortez .... production assistant: second unit
Robert Max Kuhar .... dialogue coach
Maris Lidaka .... production assistant (as Maris Lidaka Jr.)
Carla Lyles-Jones .... legal assistant
Ken Marek .... production assistant
Jeremy Martino .... production assistant
Chezne McArthur .... assistant to producer
Ian Michaels .... production assistant
Heather Nelson .... legal assistant
Reggie Neube .... production assistant: second unit
Loren Olsen .... assistant craft service
Mitul Patel .... publicity assistant
Al Pearlman .... weapons provider
Al Pearlman .... weapons supervisor
Jason Rea .... production assistant
Kirby Scrub .... production assistant
Cindy Short .... location scout
Travis Taylor .... key production assistant
LeShay N. Tomlinson .... script supervisor: second unit
David Vlasits .... key production assistant: second unit
Eric Neal .... office production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language
USA:107 min | Canada:105 min (Ontario)
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title cards:During and following the Balkan Wars of the 1990's, various types of war criminals and low level mobsters escaped to countries in Western Europe fleeing either the authorities or their enemies. Some even found their way to America, hiding out on the back streets of large cities while taking on new identities. Many more innocent people came to America dreaming of a better life and a fresh start away from all the horrors they had witnessed.
title cards:Out of this turmoil comes the story of Darco Lucev and his sister Lana...
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Another View of the Immigrant Problem, 23 August 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

America has long been the land of dreams, of freedom for the oppressed, and for the promise of a better life for immigrants. Recent events including the rise and effects of terrorism and the inundation of illegal immigrants from south of the borders have alerted this country to perceived dangers in the 'open arms' posture America has maintained since its beginning. LANA'S RAIN is a stunning film that shifts the focus of immigration to the viewpoint of those immigrating and the result is a story that is at once terrifying and heartrending. Writer/director Michael S. Ojeda asks us to look at the plight of those seeking American asylum, and though the result is a film that is a bit heavy handed, there is an important message here.

The story begins in 1995 in Bosnia during the Balkan wars and we are introduced to the main character Lana (Oxana Orlenko) struggling to survive in the war-torn streets. She seeks and finds her long lost brother Darco (Nickolai Stoilov) who happily receives her and promises to take her to America using some 'recently acquired money'. After stowing away on a cargo ship they arrive in Chicago and are immediately smitten with the beauty of their new land. While Lana dreams in a city park with their luggage containing the money and all their possessions, Darco seeks a place to live. While Lana is sleeping and dreaming of her new life, the luggage 'disappears' and when Darco returns they must now seek shelter and food as beggars. Darco talks Lana into an act of prostitution out of desperation: Lana consents only to fall into the hands of a sadistic client.

Gradually the two find a room, Darco is promised a job in a fish market, but the job is not available for a month. Once again Darco asks Lana to be a prostitute, this time under his 'supervision and protection' as Lana speaks no English at all. Lana woefully consents out of her love for her brother and the two make enough money for room and food. But when Darco begins spending money beyond their means and his past life of crime in Bosnia surfaces in various ways, Lana feels demoralized and defeated and finds her only consolation in a fragile friendship with a Chinese sculptor Julian (Luoyong Wang), despite the language barrier. Ultimately Darco's past life and evil spirit take the forefront and Lana feels compelled to assist those Bosnian forces in Chicago who seek Darco for past crimes in his homeland. How Lana survives this life and finds her own life forms the end of the story.

Though the film is unrelentingly grim in color, story, excessive bloody faces, and undercurrents, director Ojeda does make his point that all too often immigrants are driven into a life of crime out of desperation to stay alive in the land of plenty. The actors are convincing in their roles and while Lana's plight grows a bit repetitive and tiresome at times, Orlenko keeps us caring about her Lana. Likewise Nickolai Stoilov creates a two-sided character so successfully that we can believe Lana's love then hate for him. This is a dark film but one with an important message. Just be prepared for a violent movie. Grady Harp

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