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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 hatred 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.

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Special Features * New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Milcho Manchevski * Audio commentary featuring Manchevski and film scholar Annette Insdorf * New video interview with actor Rade Šerbedžija * Behind the Scenes in Macedonia, a short 1993 documentary about the making of Before the Rain * Soundtrack selections, featuring the music of Macedonian band Anastasia * On-set footage, theatrical trailers, and stills galleries of production photos, storyboards, and letters * A selection from Manchevski’s photography collection Street * Manchevski’s award-winning “Tennessee” music video * New and improved English subtitle translation * PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ian Christie

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