Dark, incisive, and ultimately hopeful. He makes such a fuss that hundreds of others who had lined up for hours without being tested are given a chance. He is determined to upturn the entire conservative myth of Western Civilization's arrival in the Americas as a force for good. Daniel, the rabble rouser, is arrested, beaten and jailed, and the film producer Costa bribes an official to have Daniel released so that he can film the important scene in the movie he is producing, in which the Indian leader -- played by Daniel -- is burnt at the stake by conquistadores. While Costa suddenly and mysteriously acquires a social conscience that leads him to risk his life by driving a girl wounded in protests to the hospital, Sebastian, alarmed that his pet project is in jeopardy, callously begs him to stay and finish the movie. The personal dynamics of a movie location can be tricky. Here Sebastian faces not only a crusading local actor but an alcoholic leading man and a penny-pinching producer.
Costa is obsessed with saving money, Sebastian thinks of himself as more humanitarian, but it is Costa who is eventually humanized by the plight of the workers. The Indians are doing just fine building their own, but there's money to be made with the multinational, and therein lies the conflict that leads to the major protests and street battles in Cochabamba that occur throughout this film. Things go more or less smoothly until a conflict erupts over the privatization of the water supply. A film is forever, he argues, while the social turmoil around them will be resolved and quickly forgotten. Having persuaded the Indians to collect gold dust in a river, Columbus makes them slaves.
The title, refers to the notion that catching rainwater would be illegal. Spanish director Sebastián, his executive producer Costa and all his crew are in Bolivia, in the Cochabamba area, to shoot a motion picture about Christopher Columbus, his first explorations and the way the Spaniards treated the Indians at the time. He cares little about what happened yesterday, never mind 500 years ago. He can do nothing to regain whatever moral authority he may once have had. We are an independent movie lovers club worldwide with 646. The plot goes, in very inventive ways, back and forth between two stories. The real moral center of the film is the Indian Daniel, played superbly by.
In También la Lluvia, he is first seen as the feeling, liberal consciousness of the film, who openly criticizes the Bolivian government for its treatment of the water-rights protestors and argues with the producer Costa about his early abrasive attitudes toward the Indians. David against Goliath once again. Running time: 1 hour 44 minutes. Riots erupt when the rates charged by the water company prove ruinous. A more serious problem is the moral seesawing of Costa and Sebastian.
Sebastian is an obsessive idealist who has sworn to his inner self that he will direct a film about one of the worlds most iconic figures, Christopher Columbus Karra Elejalde. In most of the countries of Central and South America, some version of The Conquest is still going on. Costa has chosen this place because the budget of the film is tight and here he can hire supernumeraries, local actors and extras on the cheap. A California company has bought land rights and plans to charge the Indians for water from their own wells. Co-production Spain-France-Mexico; Morena Films Genre. This film is not rated. In particular it portrays high-end filming on location in poor countries as an offshoot of colonial exploitation.
Despite the devastation emerging around him, Sebastian seems unable to engage with any emotion over than a dogmatic desire to get his film done. Sitting by the roadside after almost his entire film crew has abandoned him, he appears simply lost. A sophisticated Mexican film crew wishes to make a movie about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, the poor treatment that the conquistadores later meted out to the Indians that they enslaved, and the contrary attitude of such priests as Bartolomé de Las Casas and Antonio de Montesinos, who roundly condemned The Conquest for its murderous treatment of the Indians. Costa has come up with an insane idea, but the only way to get a difficult film made within the limitations of their modest budget. As the film-within-the-film is being made, and shows the horrifying cruelty of most of the conquistadores, the Cochabamba poor are fighting against the government and the army, with grave injuries and death the result. They hire several, planning to pay them two dollars a day, and turn the rest away, over the protests of those being denied.
This is not absolutely convincing and depends too heavily on a race through riot-torn streets, but it provides a plot device to explain Costa's rediscovery of conscience. This is more clear to us than the characters, including Bernal as Sebastian, the director, who has vague sympathies for his low-paid workers but places his film above everything. The performance by Luis Tosar as the producer is confident and sturdy. This actually took place in April 2000. Advertisement An opening scene establishes the poverty in the district. Directed by Iciar Bollain Take My Eyes and written by long-time Ken Loach collaborator Paul Laverty T he Wind That Shakes the Barley. The synopsis below may give away important plot points.
Sebastian ends up casting him in an important role, and he discovers that in real life, Daniel is a leader in a local revolt against the privatization of the local water resources. An international film star, this fellow is one of the best looking actors ever, and he has the performance chops to be able to play with real authority drunken monsters Babél , conflicted priests The Crime of Father Amaro , and humorously befuddled teenage lovers Y Tu Mamá También. The trouble is that one of the local actors, is a leading activist in the protest movement. Costa is played by the superb Luis Tosar, a Spanish actor who did a turn as a drug kingpin in the 2006 dramatic feature Miami Vice. He grows fond of Daniel's sweet little daughter, and when local forces are brought in to subdue the demonstrations, the girl is injured, and Costa suddenly sees things in a different light.