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Posted by Patricia Zimmermann at 10:34AM   |  3 comments
still from EVEN THE RAIN


See an award-winning Spanish/Bolivian film and meet IC alum and casting director RODRIGO BELLOTT

UPSTATE NEW YORK PREMIERE: Even the Rain is a narrative feature film that chronicles a filmmaker who goes to Bolivia to make a film about Columbus in the New World, and encounters the indigeneous people dealing with the Cochabamba water issues.  Casting director and IC alum Rodrigo Bellott will be on hand for the post-screening discussion.

ONLY TWO SCREENINGS AT CINEMAPOLIS (NOTE THAT THERE IS NO FRIDAY SCREENING):

THURSDAY APRIL 14  7:20
SATURDAY  APRIL 16 7:10

Use your FLEFF pass, or $9.50 general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens.

About the film:

Even the Rain (Iciar Bollain, Spain, 2010; 104 min)  Filmmaker Sebastian arrives in Cochabamba accompanied by a cast and crew ready to make a film about Columbus’s first voyage to the New World and the subsequent subjugation of the indigenous population. Sebastian wants to focus on the experience of Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio de Montesinos who was so distraught over the treatment of the natives that he dedicated the rest of his life to their cause. His producer Costa has chosen Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, because it makes sense economically. Extras are willing to work long hours for just two dollars a day.

About Rodrigo Bellott 

Rodrigo Bellott  was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He has a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College. His first student film, DESTIERRO, was one of five films around the world nominated for a student Academy Award in 2001.

In college, Rodrigo wrote and directed DEPENDENCIA SEXUAL (Sexual Dependency), his first feature film with its world premiere at the 2003 Locarno Film Festival. It won the FIPRESCI award. The film was a box office success in Bolivia, marking the re-birth of Bolivian cinema as the country's first official selection competing for "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 2004 Academy Awards. Rodrigo's second feature as director, WHO KILLED THE WHITE LLAMA?, the highest grossing box office success in Bolivian History.

In 2007, VARIETY named Rodrigo as one of the TOP TEN Latin American talents to watch.  In 2007, he   worked as CASTING DIRECTOR for CHE part I and II, directed by Academy Award winner Steven Soderbergh, starred by BENICIO DEL TORO. He has worked as Casting Director in 10 other international films In January 2010, CONTRACORRIENTE, a Perubian film Casted by Rodrigo, received the prestigious Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City Utah. Cannes.

Rodrigo’s last two features as a Casting Director were CONTRACORRIENTE and EVEN THE RAIN,  recently been selected by their respective countries (Peru and Spain) to compete for “Best Foreign Film” at the Academy Awards.


 

 


3 Comments

Inspiring, Amazing. Breathtaking. I cannot describe the feeling I walked out of the theater with. Thank you FLEFF!!! I cannot believe there are only a couple of days left. I want this week to last forever.

I went to both the meet-up with Mr. Bellott and the screening of EVEN THE RAIN and left feeling incredibly inspired. As a film student at Park, it was amazing to see such success from someone who had graduated only ten years ago. He told us that he found his niche by making a film, SEXUAL DEPENDENCY, which he sent to many film festivals all over the world. It achieved a lot of attention for its brilliance in casting--Bellott had a real eye for picking the right actors--and eventually got viewed by some famous people, and the rest is history. This is something that every aspiring filmmaker hopes will happen, but seems unattainable--Bellott makes it a reality.

I also went to the screening of Even the Rain and the Meet-up with Mr. Bellot and I also left feeling inspired. Mostly, Mr. Bellot's talk was an affirmation of so many of the concepts we learn in class such as participatory cinema, "we talk about us to you" etc. Even The Rain is a responsible film and it is unique for this very reason.



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