This Friday, May 6th, Spanish director Icíar Bollaíns’ new film, Even the Rain (También la Lluvia) , opens at the Cumberland Theatre (159 Cumberland St at Avenue Rd).

This movie follows the fictional tale of director Sebastien (Gael García Bernal) and his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) in Bolivia as they begin production on their next film about the Latin American conquest. During the production a riot breaks out in Cochabamba where they are filming, halting production, as people begin to protest excessive water fees. Now the crew find themselves forced into an emotional journey which leads them in opposite directions.

Even the Rain uses irony to explore the ever continuing oppression the indigenous people suffer due to Spanish imperialism. This film focuses on the real life “Water Wars,” which took place in Bolivia in the year 2000 as people fought against the privatization of the country’s water supply.

Icíar Bollaíns’ latest film as writer and director, Te Doy Mis Ojos (I’ll give you my eyes) , won seven Goya awards including Best Film. Writer Paul Laverty ( The Wind That Shakes the Barley ) is a long time collaborator with Ken Loach. Even the Rain was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards and made the shortlist.

For more information, please visit the official webpage or watch the trailer here.