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Even the Rain (2010) More at IMDbPro »También la lluvia (original title)

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Even the Rain -- A Spanish film crew goes to Bolivia to shoot a revisionist historical drama exposing the exploitation by Christopher Columbus of the indigenous people. In the midst of production riots break out over the privatization of the city's water supply.
Even the Rain -- As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamaba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.
Even the Rain -- As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamaba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply.

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5 January 2011 (France) See more »
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Spain Conquered the New World for Gold 500 Years Later, Water is Gold Not Much Else has Changed...
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Luis Tosar ... Costa

Gael García Bernal ... Sebastián

Juan Carlos Aduviri ... Daniel / Atuey

Karra Elejalde ... Antón / Colón
Raúl Arévalo ... Juan / Montesinos
Carlos Santos ... Alberto / Las Casas

Cassandra Ciangherotti ... María
Milena Soliz ... Belén / Panuca
Leónidas Chiri ... Teresa
Ezequiel Díaz ... Bruno
Pau Cólera ... Actor capitán
Vicente Romero ... Actor comandante
Antonio Mora ... Actor franciscano
Daniel Currás ... Soldado gallego
Glenda Rodríguez ... Asistente casting
Sonia Ovando ... Ona / Sonia
Jorge Ortiz ... Prefecto

Luis Bredow ... Comisario
Bernardo Arancibia Flores ... Médico (as Bernardo Arancibia)
Alejandro Lanza ... Enfermera
Fernando Cervantes ... Sacerdote
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alejandra Lanza ... Enfermera
Diego Ortiz ... Guardia

Najwa Nimri ... Actriz (uncredited)

Javier B. Suarez ... Colono español (uncredited)

Directed by
Iciar Bollain  (as Icíar Bollaín)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Laverty 

Produced by
Eric Altmayer .... co-producer
Pilar Benito .... executive producer
Juan Gordon .... producer
Mónica Lozano .... co-producer (as Monica Lozano)
Emma Lustres .... co-producer
Cristina Zumárraga .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Catalán 
 
Film Editing by
Ángel Hernández Zoido 
 
Casting by
Eva Leira 
Yolanda Serrano 
 
Production Design by
Juan Pedro De Gaspar 
 
Costume Design by
Sonia Grande 
 
Makeup Department
Marcelo Antezana .... first makeup assistant
Leonor Cartagena .... assistant hair stylist
Ivo Marcio Claure .... assistant makeup artist
Montse Damas .... makeup assistant: Spain (as Montserrat Damas)
Jorge De La Reza .... first hair assistant
Juana Miraval .... assistant hair stylist
Paco Rodríguez .... hair stylist
Karmele Soler .... makeup artist
Víctor Nelson Tola .... assistant makeup artist
Carmen Ventura .... assistant hair stylist
Drina Webster .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Guadalupe Balaguer Trelles .... post-production manager (as Guadalupe Balaguer)
Paola Gosalvez .... unit production manager: Bolivia
Gerardo Guerra .... production manager: Bolivia
Miguel Angel Gómez .... post-production supervisor
Roberto Lanza .... assistant unit manager
Favio Quiroga .... assistant production manager
Isidro Terraza .... unit production manager: España
Cristina Zumárraga .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guillermo Escribano .... first assistant director
Sofia Angelina Machado .... third assistant director
Patricia Prada .... director trainee
Patricio Romay .... second assistant director
Emiliano Torres .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Alejandro Cuevas .... property master
Carlos Guillén .... construction coordinator
César Morón .... art coordinator
Amparo Piñeiro .... assistant decorator
Serapio Tola .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Francisco Aguilar .... boom operator
Luis Bolívar .... boom operator
Emilio Cortés .... sound mixer
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Ana Belén Martín .... sound production
César Molina .... dialogue editor
Nacho Royo-Villanova .... sound re-recording mixer
Iñaki Sánchez .... sound assistant
Víctor Villavicencio .... sound trainee
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
 
Special Effects by
Álvaro Adabe .... special effects technician
Alfredo Cunas .... special effects technician
Gustavo Harry Farias .... special effects coordinator
Roberto Fernández .... special effects technician
Fernando Vásquez .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Laura Bethencourt .... post-production coordinator
Ramón Cervera .... digital compositor
Daniel de Madrid .... digital compositor
Blas Galera .... digital conform editor (as Blas Galera-Mompeán)
Isidro Jiménez .... post-production supervisor
Javier López Casado .... conform editor
Juan Manuel Nogales .... visual effects supervisor (as Juanma Nogales)
Ana Rubio .... visual effects producer
Telson S.L. .... digital post-production
Adolfo Sánchez de Rojas .... compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Acho .... key grip
Rodrigo Bruzoni .... video assist
Daniela Cajías .... second assistant camera
Claudio Durán .... electrician
Alberto Foronda .... electrician
Gaston Guisado .... arerial camera operator
Gaston Guisado .... assistant camera
Zacarías Gutiérrez .... electrician
Walter Pacombia .... key grip
Germán Peters .... making-of
Fabricio Rodriguez .... focus puller: assistant
Ronald Rospigliosi .... second assistant camera
Yvette Paz Soldán .... gaffer (as Yvette Paz Soldan)
Rosendo Ticona .... electrician
Darío Trivino .... b camera / steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Erika Cavero .... extras casting
Juan Pablo Richter .... casting assistant: Bolivia
Lorena Rodríguez .... extras casting
Leslie Torricos .... extras casting
Paola Torricos .... extras casting
Beatriz Bartolomé .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Rodrigo Bellott .... casting: local (uncredited)
Glenda Rodríguez .... casting: local (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nora Lia Alaluf .... assistant costume designer (as Nora Alaluf)
Denisse Brunner .... costume assistant
Regina Calvo .... costume supervisor
Adda Dávila .... costume assistant
Macarena García .... costume assistant
Joaquín Montull .... first assistant costume designer
Guely Morató .... costume assistant
Miguel Otero .... costume assistant
Maite Tarilonte .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Isabel Cano .... post-production coordinator
Pascale Dillemann .... post-production assistant
Juan Fernández Medina .... assistant editor
Fran Lorite .... color grading operator
María José Martín .... post-production director
Ximo Michavila .... colorist
Raquel Nieto .... post-production coordinator
Lucía Palicio .... assistant editor
Verónica Pérez .... scanning and film recording
 
Music Department
Javier Casado .... music producer
David Cerrejón .... assistant to the composer
Chris Clad .... violin
Javier Crespo .... music programmer
Javier Crespo .... musician
José Luis Crespo .... music recording engineer
Juan Carlos de Mulder .... musician (as Juan Carlos Demulder)
Dominique Deguines .... musician (as Dominique Deguiness)
Salvador Espasa .... musician
Ana Eusa .... executive music producer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Suzane Guest .... musician
Suzanne Guest .... musician
Alberto Iglesias .... music producer
Alberto Iglesias .... music programmer
Julia Malkova .... musician
Javier Martín .... executive music producer
Everton Nelson .... musician
Mary Scully .... musician
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Juan Colque .... driver
Marcos Soto .... transportation coordinator
José Zuzunaga .... driver
 
Other crew
Giovana Aguirre .... production secretary
Giovana Aguirre .... public relations
Jemy Arredondo .... production secretary
Lina Badenes .... outreach marketing (as Lina Badenes García)
Julio César Bozoalto .... accountant: Bolivia
Nelson Calderón .... french adaptation: original version with subtitles
Núria Casanueva .... script supervisor (as Nuria Casanueva)
Marisa Castelo .... legal advisor
Lucía del Río .... financial controller
Pascale Dillemann .... post production coordinator
Pascale Dillemann .... press and festival coordinator
Isabelle Duvoisin .... press attache: France
Dorita Fernández .... stage manager
Claudia Gaensel .... location manager
Cristóbal García .... business affairs
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo .... festival coordinator
Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo .... production secretary
Joshua Jason .... publicist
Jérôme Jouneaux .... press attache: France
Yesika Mena .... production coordinator
Laura Olaizola .... press
Valeria Ponce .... production assistant
Flavio Quiroga .... production assistant
Carla Angulo Quiroz .... cashier (as Carla Quiroz)
Matthieu Rey .... press attache: France
Phillip Weiss .... production assistant
Mounia Wissinger .... press attache: France
 
Thanks
Pere Brasó .... thanks
Alejandro González Iñárritu .... special thanks
Najwa Nimri .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"También la lluvia" - Spain (original title)
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
An engaging and powerful film, 20 January 2013
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it" - Albert Einstein In a film within a film, director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and producer Costa (Luis Tosar) are shooting in Cochabamba, Bolivia in the year 2000. The film they are working on proposes to depict Christopher Columbus' exploitation of the indigenous native population in his voyage to the Americas and the effort of two priests to stand up to the Catholic Church. Written by Paul Laverty, the regular screenwriter for British director Ken Loach, and dedicated to the late progressive historian Howard Zinn, Iciar Bollain's openly political drama Even the Rain takes on the past history of exploitation of native populations, showing a parallel to current history.

The film developed through Laverty's desire to dramatize the life of Bartolomé de las Casas, a Dominican friar who become an anti-slavery activist in defiance of the church and his native Spain. Shot in the high Andes because of budgetary constraints, Even the Rain attempts to conflate three levels of exploitation: the historical treatment of the Native Americans by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century, the actual attempt by Bolivia to cede control of the country's water supply to a British-American corporation, and the filmmakers' cost-cutting that results in the Quechua population being paid only $2.00 an hour as extras.

Opening with a "La Dolce Vita" shot of a wooden crucifix being transported to the mountains by helicopter, the film moves to an open casting call in Cochabamba as hundreds of Bolivians line up to audition for a role in the projected film. Turned away by the producer when the quota of locals is filled, Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri), a vocal political activist demands that the Bolivians be hired even after they are told to leave. As a result of his strong personality, he is selected to play the role of Hatuey, the first Indian to be crucified for resisting the Spanish and Christian empire.

A problem arises, however, when Daniel becomes the leader of a local group protesting the social injustice entailed in Bolivia's privatization of its own water supply (a true event that forbade the native population from collecting their own rainwater). Even after Daniel tells him "You don't understand, water is life," Costa demands that the young actor give up his political campaign to concentrate on the film which needs him desperately. As the director, Sebastian likewise must walk a thin line between balancing his ideals with his powerful desire to present a revisionist history of Columbus to the world. "The protests will be forgotten, but the film will last forever," he argues.

Tosar is outstanding as the arrogant producer who is drawn unwillingly into the political protest. Overheard on a phone call, Costa brusquely tells a foreign investor how he is putting one over on the locals, not realizing that Daniel, standing only a few feet away from him speaks English. Eventually, however, Costa is forced to choose between the success of the film and the demands of his conscience staring at him relentlessly.

Even the Rain tells us that understanding the past is meaningless unless that knowledge can be made relevant to the present day, a lesson that the characters must learn the hard way. In lesser hands, the film could easily have become didactic or preachy, but Bollain maintains a steady hand and the result is an engaging and powerful film that not only speaks out loudly against injustice, but does so with poetry and passion.

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