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Before the Rain (1994)

Pred dozhdot (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 February 1995 (USA)
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Three interconnected stories of love under the threat of civil war in Macedonia and London.

Director:

Milcho Manchevski
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grégoire Colin ... Kiril (as Gergoire Colin)
Josif Josifovski Josif Josifovski ... Father Marko
Boris Delcevski Boris Delcevski ... Petre
Dejan Velkov Dejan Velkov ... Mate
Kiril Ristoski Kiril Ristoski ... Father Damjan
Mladen Krstevski Mladen Krstevski ... Trifun
Dzemail Maksut Dzemail Maksut ... Kuzman
Labina Mitevska ... Zamira
Mile Jovanovski Mile Jovanovski ... Priest Singing at Funeral
Milica Stojanova Milica Stojanova ... Aunt Cveta
Petar Mircevski Petar Mircevski ... Zdrave
Rade Serbedzija ... Aleksander
Ljupco Bresliski Ljupco Bresliski ... Mitre
Igor Madzirov Igor Madzirov ... Stojan
Kiril Psaltirov Kiril Psaltirov ... Mome
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Storyline

Before the Rain tells the stories of an orthodox Christian monk, a British photo agent, and a native Macedonian war photographer to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. This gripping triptych of love and violence is also a timeless evocation of the loss of pastoral innocence, and remains one of recent cinema's most powerful laments on the futility of war. Written by Milcho Manchevski

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Time Never Dies, the Circle is Not Round.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official website

Language:

Macedonian | English | Albanian | French

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before the Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Skopje, Macedonia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$763,847

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$763,847
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The New York Times include Before the Rain in the "1,000 Best Films Ever Made." See more »

Goofs

Aleksander is shoot in the back, but when the body is moved we can see the bullet holes not in his back but in his chest. See more »

Quotes

Father Marko: Time never dies. The circle is never round.
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a pan over a Macedonian sky covered by dark clouds at dusk. We hear sounds of thunder, when an epigraph from the novel "Dervis i smrt" (The Dervish and Death) by Mesa Selimovic appears on the screen, while a voice is heard reading it: "With a shriek birds flee across the black sky, people are silent, my blood aches from waiting". Afterwards, the titles appear. See more »

Connections

Referenced in En la cama (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Funeral Theme
Composed By Anastasia
Arranged and Produced by Anastasia
© 1994 PolyGram
(P) 1994 PolyGram
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Beautiful, tragic, stunning.
21 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

The very structure of this film perfectly describes its philosophy - a never ending circle. And it's the structure that makes this film work so powerfully. From the shattering opening section, to the startling second part, to the third story that brings it all together, this is a great film. It's been overlooked for some reason, mentioned rarely in film magazines and in best of the decade lists. But it's a phenomenal work, one that needs to be seen.


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