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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
Location Management
Maya Gavin .... location assistant
Cindy Short .... location scout
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
Adrian Cortes .... production assistant
Stacey Crawley .... production assistant (as Stacey Slowik)
Sofie Dejus .... production assistant
Jeff Dillard .... legal services
Juan Frausto .... production 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
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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Additional Details

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language
USA:107 min | Canada:105 min (Ontario)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Small budget, great results., 22 January 2005
Author: xavrush89 from Illinois, U.S.A.

This film is better and grittier than many dramas with ten times the budget, and there are plenty of suspenseful moments to keep even the most indie-phobic skeptic intrigued. Oksana Orlenko (who won an award in Milan for her performance) and Nickolai Stoilov are seamless as the charismatic leads, while Michael S. Ojeda's direction makes the best use of their talents and the skills of his cinematographer (Gennadi Balitski), as well as his own script.

I disagree with the one reviewer (out of ten so far) who didn't like the "execution" of this film. I think it is a perfect mix of action scenes that grab you, and intense character-driven dramatic moments that allow for time to take in all that has happened. Ojeda really captures the sense of peril one feels without a dime and no place to go. That gash in Lana's forehead on the film's poster gives an idea of how deep the film is, and the roller-coaster ride awaiting anyone who watches it. I wish I had seen it in the theater. Grade: A

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