Before The Rain: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1994) / Region 1
Before The Rain: The Criterion Collection

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Before The Rain: The Criterion Collection

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 (Gregoire Colin), a British photo agent (Katrin Cartlidge), and a native Macedonian war photographer (Rade Serbedzija) to paint a portrait of simmering, entrenched 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 poetic evocations of the futility of war.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 25 2008
  • Production Year 1994
  • Empire SKU 1401317
  • UPC Code 715515029421
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Milcho Machevski
- Audio commentary featuring film scholar Annette Insdorf and Manchevski
- New video interview with actor Rade Serbedzija
- 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


  • Audio
    Albanian Dolby Digital Stereo
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
    Macedonian Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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