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  Before the Rain ( )

Released: 1994 - Macedonia
Duration: 119 minutes
Classification: Feature / Social

Director: Milcho Manchevski
Screenplay: Milcho Manchevski
Producers: Judy Counihan, Chedomir Kolar, Gorjan Tozija
Leading Roles: Katrin Cartlidge, Gregoar Collin, Josif Josifovski, Labina Mitevska, Kiril Ristevski, Rade Sherbedzija

Synopsis: The movie "Before the rain" contains three entities, causally and consequentially connected to one another, in the film narration. They are entitled as "Words", "Faces" and "Pictures".The action happens in an ancient male monastery somewhere in Macedonia. The young monk, Kiril, sworn to silence, finds Zamira, a young Albanian girl who is merely a child, in his attic cell. He does not understand Albanian, but has no doubt that she seeks shelter from some evil. He doesnt tell of her presence, even when armed peasants search for her in order to judge her for the murder of one of their fellow villagers. He is scared when they search the monastery looking for her and really happy when they fail to find her. The older monks notice his silent fear. Late in the night they enter Kiril's cell and find the girl. The punishment for the monk is expulsion from the monastery. Under the veil of the night, passing the drunken village guards, Kiril and Zamira leave the refuge of the monastery walls. A daytime, in a pass through a rocky mountainous region: Kiril, overwhelmed with worry, but also with love for the girl, promises her safety somewhere far from the village and the mountain. The kiss on her face and hands around his body looking for rescue is the only physical contact between them. But immediately next to them are her relatives and fellow villagers. Her grandfather, with the strictness of the village chief brings her back to reality. She tries to explain that Kiril has helped her, that he saved her and that he loves her. The grandfather with his unyielding authority sends Kiril away. He hesitatingly starts going. Zamira's howl after him and makes him turn back. She runs towards Kiril. Her brother shoots at her. The prejudices leave no space for a different end. Kiril is on her side. She dies looking at him. The second part of the movie "Before the Rain" takes place in a completely different world: in the dynamic, modern, urban London, in a world-famous photo agency, where the laureate of the Pulitzer' prize, the Macedonian Aleksandar Kirkov, works, and who has left his fatherland a long time ago.

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