Friday, April 17, 2009

Last chance! Final YM movie today!

Salutations all!
Today at 1:30 pm in the Media Room, you have your final opportunity to catch one of the free movies sponsored by the Year of the Mediterranean program. Today's offering is the 1994 Macedonian film Before the Rain, directed and written by Milco Mancevski.

The film's tagline is "Once you know the faces, you will begin to understand the story." Through the plot of three separate but interconnected tragic love stories, Before the Rain explores the nature of war and violence and their influence on human life and relationships.

The first episode, "Words," is set in Macedonia during the war in Bosnia. A young ethnic Albanian woman, accused of murder, is on the run from a mob. A monk, who has taken a vow of silence, takes her under his protection, and they attempt to escape her hunters together.

The second episode, "Faces," centers on a married editor and her attraction for a war photographer who's just returned from Bosnia, damaged by his experiences there. As she struggles with her feelings for two men, she finds that even her London home is not safe from the ravages of violence.

The third episode, "Pictures," connects these stories, as the photographer returns to Macedonian homeland, to learn that the war has divided his small village and his Albanian neighbors are now supposed to be his enemies. An Albanian woman he loves asks him to take care of her daughter--the young woman from the first story--and the film comes full circle.

Nominated for the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Before the Rain is the recipient of honors from the Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards, the David di Donatello Awards, the Guldbagge Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Stockholm Film Festival, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

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