También la lluvia

Spain/France/Mexico 2010, Feature film, 105' | Director Icíar Bollaín | DoP Alex Catalan | Screenplay Paul Laverty | Sound Emilio Cortés | Cast Luis Tosar, Gael García Bernal, Juan Carlos Aduviri, Karra Elejalde, Carlos Santos, Raúl Arévalo | Producer Juan Gordon | World Sales Wild Bunch

Sebastián is an idealistic and slightly naive director who is planning to make a film about Christoph Columbus, debunking the myth that western civilisation may have brought anything good to Latin America. Instead he wants to show what Columbus set in motion: the thirst for gold, the slave trade and terrible violence against the indigenous population.

Sebastián's friend and producer, Costa, is only interested in the film staying within budget and being completed on time. For this reason he produces the film in Bolivia, the poorest and most »Indian« country in South America. During shooting in the city of Cochabamba there is unrest because the local water supply has been privatised by an Anglo-American company. Violence escalates through the city: 500 years after Columbus, the Indian population, with nothing but sticks and stones, again confronts a heavily armed modern army. This time the fight is about the most basic of all resources: water.

Icíar Bollaín links three narrative threads in También la lluvia. The historical drama goes deep into the country's past, the Wasserkrieg [Water War] alludes to more recent Bolivian history, and the personal experiences of director Sebastián and his producer Costa show the circumstances they find themselves in and explains the decisions they are forced to make.

También la lluvia provides a skilfully staged analysis of the topicality of colonial myths and the reality of today's social struggles.


iciar bollain was born in 1967 in Madrid and began her career as an actress in the 80s. Among other films, she played the main roles in El Sur and Land and Freedom by Ken Loach, about which she also wrote a book. Since 1991, she has been a partner in the production company La Iguana. There, she worked as assistant director and author on documentary films, before making her feature film debut in 1995, with ¿Hola, estás sola? This was followed by international successes, such as Flores de otro mundo (1999) and Te doy mis ojos (2003).

Films by Icíar Bollaín as woman film director
Mataharis 2007 | !Hay Motivo! 2004 | Te doy mis ojos 2003 | Amores que matan 2000 | Flores de otro mundo 1999 | ¿Hola, estás sola? 1995 | Los amigos del metro 1993 | Baja corazón 1992

Icíar Bollaín, Iciar Bollain
Spain, France, Mexico
Feature Film
Feature Film Competition, Opening Film