A Spanish film crew arrives in Bolivia to make a film about Columbus in the New World. Idealistic director Sebastian (Gael Garc?¡a Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries) wants to denounce the injustices of the past, focusing on exploitation of the indigenous people.
Practical producer Costa (Luis Tosar, Cell 211), working on a tight budget, has chosen Bolivia, one of Latin America's poorest countries, to stand in for Santo Domingo because extras will work for only $2 a day. After an open casting call almost degenerates into a riot, Sebastian hires outspoken Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri) to play the rebel Indian leader.
But when the locals begin demonstrations against a multinational's plans to privatize water--even the rain--Daniel is in the thick of them, endangering the film's shooting schedule. The thought-provoking screenplay by Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley) cunningly parallels the Spanish conquest of the Americas with the modern spread of capitalism.
This fascinating mixture of past and present, fiction and fact, features spectacular scenes of the period film within a film. Directed by Ic?¡ar Bolla?¡n (Take My Eyes). Not rated. 103 minutes.
Tambie La Lluvia is Spain's official submission for Oscar consideration.