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Wild Bunch - EVEN THE RAIN

Icíar Bollaín




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Status: Completed

Director(s): Icíar Bollaín

Main cast: Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri

Short synopsis : Bolivia. As an obsessive director struggles to film the true story of Christopher Columbus, violent unrest explodes as the local population are forced into a desperate fight - for water.

Long synopsis : Obsessive idealist Sebastian has sworn to direct a film about one of the world's most iconic figures, Christopher Columbus. But not for him the lie of a genius hero on a divine mission to win ''souls for Christ''. Sebastian is determined to overturn the myth of the arrival of Western Civilization in the Americas as a force for good. His film will show what Columbus set in motion: the obsession with gold, the taking of slaves, and the terrible violence visited on those Indians who fought back. The brilliant actor playing Columbus constantly challenges the director, accusing him of hypocrisy and cheap manipulation. Costa, Sebastian's friend and producer doesn't give a damn. All that matters is that the film comes in on time and within budget. Costa has a crazy plan. Despite Sebastian's fury, they will shoot in Bolivia, the cheapest, most ''Indian'' of Latin American countries. While the shoot progresses in and around the city of Cochabamba, civil and political unrest simmer, as the entire water supply of the city is privatized and sold to a British/American multinational. Violence increases daily until the entire city explodes in the now infamous Bolivian Water War - a war which actually took place in April 2000. 500 years after Columbus, sticks and stones once again confront the high-tech weaponry of a modern army. David against Goliath. Only this time the fight is not over gold, but the simplest of life-giving elements - water.


  • Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Raúl Arévalo, Cassandra Ciangherotti


  • Producer(s): Juan Gordon
  • Director(s): Icíar Bollaín
  • Screenplay: Paul Laverty
  • DP: Alex Catalán
  • Editing: Ángel Hernández Zoido
  • Original Music: Alberto Iglesias
  • Set Design: Juan Pedro De Gaspar
  • Original Title: TAMBIEN LA LLUVIA
  • Genre(s): Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production company: MORENA FILMS
  • Production date: 2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Duration: 104 min
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2010
  • Berlinale 2011 - Competition
    Award(s) : Panorama Audience Award
  • European Film Awards 2011 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Film
  • Goya Awards 2011
    Award(s) : Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Score, Best Production Supervision
  • Festival De Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2010
    Award(s) : Audience Choice Prize, Best Actor Prize, Young Jury Prize
  • Ventana Sur 2011
  • CPH:PIX 2011
  • Sydney Film Festival 2011
  • Festival do Rio 2011
  • Mumbai Film Festival 2011
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011
    Award(s) : Bridging the Borders Award