The first film made in the newly independent Republic of Macedonia, Milcho Manchevski’s Before the Rain crosscuts the stories of an orthodox Christian monk (Grégoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Šerbedžija) to paint a portrait of simmering ethnic and religious hatred about to reach its boiling point. Made during the strife of the war-torn Balkan states in the nineties, 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. —The Criterion Collection
Milčo Mančevski was born in Skopje, Macedonia and studied cinema and photography at Southern Illinois University. He began his career directing music videos and short films before making his feature film debut, Before the Rain (94), which won many awards, including the Golden Lion and FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice International Film Festival and an Academy Award® nomination for best foreign language film. His other films are Dust (01), Shadows (07) and Mothers (10). –TIFF
"A circle is not round" No. It is a tidily crooked continuum, like an M.C. Escher etching.
An absolutely stunning debut that chronicles the lives of characters living in the war-torn Balkans in the nineties. Mančevski utilizes his reality, that is the pubescence of the nation of Macedonia, to evoke the loss of innocence in his characters and their world. Very powerful.
From what I’ve read at Criterion, this is deemed the first film made in the new Republic of Macedonia which officially seceded from Yugoslavia in ‘91. I thought it’d be interesting to check out based… read review