Idealist director Sebastián and his bullish producer Costa are making a film about Christopher Columbus. Sebastián is keen to present a revisionist historical epic that presents a warts-and-all portrait of Columbus’s rapacious greed for gold and his abusive treatment of the native population, pitting him against Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas, who refuses to just stand by and turn a blind eye to Columbus’s abuses. But filming in Bolivia is no easy business, with an escalating conflict over the privatisation of water supplies in the city of Cochabamba, where the cast and crew are filming, threatening the progress of the venture. Acclaimed Spanish director Icíar Bollaín here works with Ken Loach’s habitual screenwriter Paul Laverty, juxtaposing two converging plotlines to provide a thoughtful dissection of the politics of filmmaking and the legacies of colonialism. Setting the Bolivian Water War of 2000 against Columbus’s colonisation of South America, Even the Rain is socially conscious cinema, distinguished by muscular performances and a robust political edge. —BFI
Born in Madrid in 1967, Iciar Bollain has worked as leading actress in selected films like El sur (1983) by ‘Victor Erice’ , Malaventura (1988) by ‘Manuél Gutiérrez Aragón’ , Un paraguas para tres (1992) by Felipe Vega, Land and Freedom (1995) by Ken Loach, Leo (2000) by ‘Jose Luis Borau’, (Best Actress nomination Goya Spanish Academy Awards)Nos miran (2002), or La noche del hermano (2005).
She is a partner of film company Producciones La Iguana S.L. , writing and directing since then both documentaries and fiction films. In 1995 she wrote and directed her feature film debut, Hola, ¿estás sola? (1995) awarded among others with Best New Director and Audience Award in Valladolid International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Directorial Debut by the Spanish Film Academy. The film became one of Spain’s 1996 box office hits. Flores de otro mundo (1999) co-written with award winning novelist Julio Llamazares, was her second feature film and was awarded at Cannes Film Festival… read more
At its strongest in the earlier sections, where the film very effectively shows the negotiations that are made with history by the exigencies of filmmaking in a dog-eat-dog commercial industry, an industry which often only pays lip service to notions of artistic integrity. When the emphasis switches to a plain humanist slant later in the film, it comes across as formulaic and safe.
Intelligent and thought provoking film from director Bollain with a clever script by Laverty. A film crew making a picture about Columbus and his enslavement of an indigenous native population decide to make their film in Bolivia for economic reasons. They find themselves in the midst of a battle for water rights; the latest exploitation of multinationals not seeing themselves as profiteers themselves. See it.
Seems at times like being behind the scenes of a Werner Herzog film. The play of the filming of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage and its effect on the natives against the current plight of the Bolivian… read review