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Title Before the rain : (a tale in three parts) / Universal ; Aim Productions, Noé Productions and Vardar Film with the participation of British Screen and the European Co-Production Fund present ; in association with Polygram Audiovisual and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia ; a film by Milcho Manchevski ; produced by Judy Counihan, Cedomir Kolar, Sam Taylor, Cat Villiers ; written and directed by Milcho Manchevski.

Published [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (113 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet ([12] pages ; color illustrations ; 19 cm.)
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Series The Criterion collection ; 436.
Criterion collection ; 436.
Credits Director of photography, Manuel Teran ; edited by Nicolas Gaster ; music composed by "Anastasia" ; production designers, Sharon Lomofsky, David Munns.
Notes Originally produced as a motion picture in 1994.
Contents Logos/Opening credits -- "Words" -- Funeral -- "Eye for an eye" -- Escape -- Grandpa and brother -- "Faces" -- Anne and Aleksandar -- Restaurant -- "Pictures" -- Homecoming -- Family -- Albanians -- Doctor -- "I took sides" -- Hana's visit -- "Shoot, cousin, shoot" -- Rain -- Color bars.
Notes Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Director's statement [text feature]; Rade Šerbedžija interview [featurette] (17 min.); "Behind the scenes in Macedonia" [featurette] (1993) (16 min.); On-set footage [featurette] (6 min.); Soundtrack selections [audio featurette] (16 min.); Trailers (7 min.); Stills galleries [slide show]; "Street" photography [slide show]; "Tennessee" music video (4 min.); booklet includes the essay "Never-ending story" by Ian Christie.
Performers Rade Šerbedžija, Katrin Cartlidge, Labina Mitevska, Gregoire Colin.
Summary This trio of stories begins with "Words," as a young Macedonian monk discovers an Albanian girl hiding in his quarters, and attempts to hide her from a local militia. In the second, "Faces," a London photo-agent struggles with how to tell her husband she's been having an affair with one of her foreign photojournalists. In the third, "Pictures," the photojournalist returns to his Macedonian village and becomes embroiled in centuries-old skirmishes. For these people, as one of them says, "Time never dies...the circle is not round." Connected in subtle ways, each finds that in the former Yugoslavia, it does not matter whether a person tries to help or stay neutral. Trouble ensues either way.
System notes DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital surround; widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 1.78:1, enhanced for 16:9 televisions; new restored high-definition digital transfer; new and improved English subtitle translation.
Language notes In Macedonian, English and Albanian with optional subtitles in English.
Notes Winner, Venice Film Festival, 1994: Golden Lion: Milcho Manchevski; "CinemAwenire' Award-Best Film in Competition: Milcho Manchevski; FIPRESCI Prize: Milcho Manchevski; OCIC Award - Honorable Mention: Milcho Manchevski; Pasinetti Award-Best Actor: Rade Šerbedžija.
Other author Manchevski, Milcho, author of screenplay, director.
Counihan, Judy, producer.
Kolar, Čedomir, 1949- producer.
Taylor, Sam (Motion picture producer), producer.
Villiers, Cat, producer.
Šerbedžija, Rade, 1946- actor.
Cartlidge, Katrin, actor.
Mitevska, Labina, actor.
Colin, Grégoire, actor.
Universal Pictures (Firm)
AIM Productions.
Noé Productions International.
Vardar film (Firm)
British Screen.
European Co-Production Fund (Firm)
PolyGram Audiovisuel (Firm)
Macedonia (Republic) Ministerstvo za obrazovanije i fizička kultura.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Subject Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Personal narratives -- Drama.
Ethnic conflict -- Religious aspects -- Drama.
Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
Macedonia (Republic) -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 20th century -- Drama.
Macedonia (Republic) -- Drama.
War films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Macedonian.
Motion pictures, Albanian.
War -- Feature.
War films.
Feature films.
Variant Title Title on container: Before the rain a film by Milcho Manchevski.
(a tale in three parts)
Standard Number 715515029421
ISBN 1604650370
Publisher Number CC1749D Criterion Collection