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Oscar Watch: Vitagraph to Release Spanish Oscar Entry Even The Rain, Starring Garcia Bernal

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 12, 2010 at 5:54AM

Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Vitagrah Films has acquired North American rights to Spain's Oscar submission for best foreign language film, Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Icíar Bollaín's film follows Christopher Columbus' gold-hungry exploits with American indigenous people through a modern framing story, which according to Vitagraph, "sets up an intriguing dialogue about Spanish imperialism through incidents taking place some 500 years apart." Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a director filming in Bolivia a revisionist history of the conquest of Latin America.

"A powerful, richly layered indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed," writes Variety:

Carlos Aduviri is dynamic as a local who is cast as a 15th century native in the film, but when the make-up and loin cloth come off, he sails into action protesting his community’s  deprivation of water at the hands of the government. Meanwhile, Gael Garcia Bernal’s Idealist film director is as relentless as Werner Herzog infamously was in making Fitzcaraldo, pushing ahead against all odds, ignoring the prevailing danger about to disrupt at any moment. Despite the devastation emerging around him, Sebastian seems unable to engage with any emotion over than a dogmatic desire to get his film done. And of course, the film also recalls themes in Herzog’s Aguirre, The Wrath of God and the film-within-a-film scenes are as brutal as any in Apocalypto.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.