Within the program “Window to Europe film” on 8th December at the Czech Center in New York, held a screening of Macedonian film “Before the Rain”, which was nominated for an Oscar and won the award “Golden Lion” of the fifty-first edition of festival in Venice. The screening took place in the presence of the director Milcho Manchevski, who after the film had a Q&A session with the audience.
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 tension 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