Even the Rain

Synopsis: Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. The trouble is that one of the local actors, is a leading activist in the protest movement.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Icíar Bollaín
Production: Vitagraph Films
  21 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

In memory of Howard Zinn

Cochabamba, Bolivia. Year 2000

Come on.

You see?

Look, look, look.

There are more coming.



Good morning.

So, an open casting, Sebastin?

F***ing great.

I told you this would happen.


Good morning.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

How's it going?

They all want to be seen,

and there are hundreds...

Okay, well, tell them

that we don't need any more.

We'll just see the ones here.

The rest can leave.

No, Costa, wait, we can't do that.

Sh*t, we can't see them all, Sebastin.

If you prefer, pick the ones you like

and get rid of the rest.

But do it now! Come on.

Come on.

Come on. Choose the ones you like.



Could you go with the girl? Yes?

How are you?

Go ahead. Yes, go ahead.

They're very good.

-How many men are going?

-Five, and two women.

Okay, okay. Okay.

-Hello. Could you go?


Yeah? Thank you.

And we're not going to go?

Uh, yes.

Okay, in a -- in a minute.



-We've got enough.


We've got more than enough inside,

and this is pointless.

We have to tell them to leave.

Well, apologize to them.

-This can't be.

-Come with me, please.

Sorry, sorry.

We're very sorry, really.

I'm sorry. We don't need anyone else.

No, we can't see everybody.

There are too many.

No, no, you have to be able to.

We've been waiting for hours.

You have to go, gentlemen.

We can't see anyone else.

No, Ma'am, we're not leaving.

We're going to wait here

until we're seen.

-Listen, didn't you hear her?

-I did, but --

You have to leave.

You have to go.

-Get out of here!

-Hey, bastard!

Get out of here! You have to leave!

Enough! Enough!

-Enough! Enough!

-What's going on?

Easy, easy, easy, easy, easy!

Calm down, calm down, calm down!

What's wrong?

"Everyone gets a chance."

That's what it says.

And my girl wants to act.

Yeah, her and 200 others,

but we can't see them all, understand?

You don't understand, white face.

We've been waiting for hours.

Some have come from very far on foot.

Now you tell us to leave.

You have to see all of us.

We're not leaving until you see us all.

We're not moving from here!

Tell him anything, but get rid of him.

-What's your name?



All right, Daniel's right.

We're going to see everyone.



We'll see you all,

no matter how long it takes.

Sebastin, we have to leave.

Yes, calmly, though, calmly. Okay? Okay.

Film that bastard for me.

And his daughter, too. He's good.

Okay, as you heard,

we're going to see everyone.

-Let's go!

-Let's go.


Costa, are you crazy?

Slow down!

Sebastin, tell me something.

We're in Bolivia.

It doesn't make much sense.

Because we're 7,500 feet

above sea level,

surrounded by mountains,

and thousands of miles

from the Caribbean.

Well, Costa thinks Columbus

landed by parachute.

No, Costa knows this place

is full of starving natives,

and that means thousands of extras.

None of that digital sh*t.

I want scale,

all the money up on the screen.

No, Costa, no.

This could be a mess, really.

Have you seen their faces?

Please, they're Quechua.


-What do you mean, "so?"

They're from the Andes!

What's Columbus doing

with natives from the Andes?

From the Andes or wherever,

they're natives.

-That's what you wanted, isn't it?

-Oh, no, no, no, no.

Give me a f***ing break.

They're all the same.


You can negotiate things here --

hotels, transport, catering, whatever.

So, it's about money.

Yes, yes!

It's always money, always, always.

Well, in this case,

very little money, right?

Right, you miserable cheapskate?

If we'd filmed in English,

we'd have double the money

and double the audience.

Almost had the deal done

till you f***ed it up.

Because Spaniards speak Spanish.

What if we'd done it in English?

We'd have been f***ing smart.

So, the Spaniards speak Spanish,

and the Tainos that Columbus found

speak Quechua?

Is that how you're going to be?

I just want to know.

We'll do it, Sebastin!


Come on, come on, come on,

come on, come on! That's it!


Costa, slowly, it's very dangerous!

Come on, come on, come on.

Pull it up!

-Careful! Careful!

-Watch out!

Everyone all right?

Okay, let's see if we can do this.

Come on!

No, Costa, please.

We have to do it some other way!

It has to be done another way, please.

One, two, three...


One, two, three...


Once more, on three.

One, two, three...



Listen, Costa, we should've gotten

professionals and used a crane!

Things can't be done like that.

Someone could get hurt!

Yeah, and an engineer, too.

Do you know how much we've saved?

Great work, guys.

The beers are on me.

Turn that f***ing thing off!


-It's okay.

I hope I can get through this.

Is he drunk?

Are we all here?

We are now.

All right, when you're ready.

We see the stunned faces of Taino

children hiding in the bushes.

From their point of view,

we see Columbus and his men

landing in the New World.

Some small boats are on the shore.

The children are hit

by a disgusting smell

while the strange creatures,

wet and dirty,

some bearded, others bald,

stumble on the sand.

The children laugh and make comments,

trying to understand

who these strangers are --

I, Christopher Columbus,

humble servant

of King Ferdinand of Aragon

and Queen Isabella of Castile,

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Paul Laverty

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