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North American Premiere of the Mexican Drama RAIN, the Powerful Debut Feature by Director Rodrigo García Saiz at the 2024 Miami Film Festival, April 5—14

North American Premiere of the Mexican Drama RAIN, the Powerful Debut Feature by Director Rodrigo García Saiz at the 2024 Miami Film Festival, April 5—14

Featuring Some of Mexico’s Most Revered Actors, the Film Is an Unexpected Portrait of Mexico City Told Through Six Stories of Distinctive Characters Navigating the City

Following its acclaimed world premiere at the Morelia Film Festival and its international premiere at the Malaga Film Festival, Rain (Lluvia), the powerful debut feature of director Rodrigo García Saiz, will have its much-anticipated North American premiere in the Jordan Ressler First Feature Award at the 41st edition of the Miami Film Festival taking place April 5-14.

Written by Paula Markovitch (Duck SeasonThe Box), Rain is composed of six interwoven stories that take place over a period of less than 24 hours, with each story exploring the human condition against the backdrop of intermittent rain.

The subjects of these distinctive narratives face a random incident that brings about a moment of disruption, absurdity, brightness, and strangeness, ultimately revealing their true selves: a woman suffering from clinical depression is assaulted by a man who was her former student; a taxi driver wonders if his wife is having an affair after a random passenger gives his own home address as the destination; a young man encounters an Asian woman on a pedestrian bridge and establishes a short but intense relationship.

The other stories involve a couple witnessing a man collapse in the subway, taking him to him to the hospital and then deciding to visit the man’s house to notify his family; a nurse taking care of a young man wounded by a gunshot, and running a peculiar errand for him; and a man looking to hire a sex worker uncannily finds  they’re both same hometown.  

Featuring an impressive ensemble cast, including some of Mexico’s most revered actors such as Arcelia Ramírez (La Civil), Bruno Bichir (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), and Cecilia Suárez (Overboard), Rain is an unexpected and elegantly directed portrait of Mexico City through the lens of fascinating characters experiencing fleeting revelations before returning to their routine lives.

Miami Film Festival In-Person North American Premiere:
Saturday, April 13, 3pm at the Koubek Center — Director in attendance 

RAIN. (Lluvia) Mexico, 2023, 95 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by: Rodrigo García Saiz; Written by: Paula Markovitch; Producers: Paola Cortés, Rodrigo García Saiz, Araceli Velázquez; Executive Producer: Alberto Müffelmann; Production Companies: Central Films, The 42 Film, Martini Shot Films; Co-Producer: Georgina Terán, Mauricio Francini, Martín Prado; Coproduction company: EFD; Director of Photography: Leonardo Hermo (ADF); Production Design: Sandra Cabriada; Costume Design: Laura García de la Mora; Editor: Liora Spilk; Music: Ramiro del Real; Sound Design: Javier Umpierrez; Sound: Raúl Locatelli. Cast: Bruno Bichir, Arcelia Ramírez, Axel Shuarma, Mauricio Isaac, Martha Claudia Moreno, Mayuko Nihei, Esteban Caicedo, Morganna Love, Kristyan Ferrer, Hoze Meléndez, Karina Gidi, Tiaré Scanda, Vitter Leija, Dolores Heredia, and Cecilia Suárez.

About the Director:
Rodrigo García Saiz studied film at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), New York University (NYU), and San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. He began his career by directing his short film El hombre que murió de rumor, which received a nomination for the Ariel Award for Best Fiction Short Film. He later directed the short film Ciudad que se escapa, which garnered multiple recognitions. He founded his production company, Central Films, in 2002. Rain is his debut feature film, written by Paula Markovitch, and he is currently in pre-production for his second feature film, with the support of Eficine (the Mexican Fiscal Stimulus for Investment Projects in National Film Production) for its making.

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