This Rain Will Never Stop

  • Alina Gorlova
  • Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar
  • 2020
  • 102 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

After they fled the war in Syria, the Suleyman family was scattered across Europe. Lazgin lives with his family in Ukraine, but his brother Koshnhav is in Germany, while a third brother is in Kurdish Iraq, and a fourth remains in Syria.

This Rain Will Never Stop follows Lazgin’s son Andriy, who is now a volunteer with the Red Cross and dealing with another military conflict, this time in Ukraine. Whether to escape the war or help relieve the suffering on site—such is the dilemma that Andriy struggles with during a visit to his brother in Germany and an emotional reunion with relatives in Iraq. After the sudden death of his father, Andriy decides to accompany the body back to Syria.

Andriy’s journeys are interspersed with footage of humanitarian relief efforts, displays of military strength, festive gatherings, and slices of everyday life—like an endless cycle of war and peace, in striking black-and-white cinematography. A dark atmosphere and the sparingly supplied information emphasize the grief and uncertainty within a war-torn family.

Credits

  • 102 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Russian, Kurdish, Ukranian, German, Arabic
  • Subtitles in: English (Closed Captioned)
Director
Alina Gorlova
Production
Maksym Nakonechnyi / Tabor
Executive producer
Olena Yakovitska for Tabor
Co-production
Avantis Promo, Bulldog Agenda
Cinematography
Vyacheslav Tsvetkov

IDFA history

2020
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for First Appearance
2020
Supported with €17500 for Classic: Production & postproduction
2018
Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production

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