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FULL SYNOPSIS

Milcho Manchevski's first feature film is a three-part story of the violence and political chaos tearing apart the newly independent nation of Macedonia (former Yugoslavia). In part one, Kiril (Grégoire Colin), an Orthodox monk, encounters Zamira (Labina Mitevska), a Muslim from Albania. Zamira is frightened and has nowhere to go, so Kiril lets her stay in his cell, knowing that if the authorities find her, his peaceful life will be shattered. The second segment, set in London, concerns Anne (Katrin Cartlidge), married to stable but boring Nick (Jay Villiers) but enjoying an affair with Macedonian photographer Aleksander (Rade Serbedzija); Anne is trying to decide if she should stay with Nick or leave with Aleksander, before unexpected events make the decision for her. The conclusion follows Aleksander back to Macedonia; while he's tired of photographing war, he finds no sanctuary in his home town, as Christians and Muslims wage war and he accidentally causes the death of innocent bystanders. Before the Rain received an 1995 Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 24, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Milcho Manchevski Golden Lion 1994 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milcho Manchevski Best Foreign Language Film 1994 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Milcho Manchevski Best Foreign Film 1995 Winner

Cast

Katrin Cartlidge
as Anne
Rade Serbedzija
as Aleksandar
Grégoire Colin
as Kiril
Labina Mitevska
as Zamira
Silvija Stojanovska
as Hana
Jay Villiers
as Nick
Phyllida Law
as Anne's Mother
Peter Needham
as Maire d'
Rod Woodruff
as Waiter in Fight
Meto Jovanovski
as Dr Saso
Milica Stojanova
as Aunt Cveta
Joe Gould
as Redhead Waiter
Jay Villiers
as Nick
Milica Stojanova
as Aunt Cveta
Meto Jovanovski
as Dr Saso
Rod Woodruff
as Waiter in Fight
Peter Needham
as Maire d'
Phyllida Law
as Anne's Mother

Crew

Milcho Manchevski
Director
Paul Sarony
Producer
Judy Counihan
Producer
Cedomir Kolar
Producer
Cat Villers
Producer
Sam Taylor
Producer
Milcho Manchevski
Screenwriter
Manuel Teran
Cinematographer
Darius Khondji
Cinematographer
David Munns
Production Designer
Sharon Lomofsky
Production Designer
Marc Baschet
Co-producer
Frederique Dumas-Zajdela
Co-producer
Gorjan Tozija
Co-producer
Sheila Fraser Milne
Associate Producer
David Redman
Associate Producer
Caroline Harris
Costume Designer
Sue Yelland
Costume Designer
Mary Soan
First Assistant Director
Liora Reich
Casting
Moni Damevski
Casting
Morag Ross
Makeup
Chris Thompson
Line Producer
Joan Hills
Makeup
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