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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Rain

Fortnight 2001, Feature film, 1h32

Synopsis

It is the summer of 1972 and the Phelon family are settling into their isolated cottage for another perfect seaside holiday. Days of swimming and fishing, sultry nights of food, wine and good company. This summer, 13-year-old Janey is awakening to the newly found power of her sexuality, and the possibilities and choices of adulthood. Not yet an adult, but no longer a child, Janey is increasingly aware of the cracks in her parents’ marriage. She is critical of the behaviour of her mother Kate. Meanwhile, Kate feels life is passing her by. She is dissatisfied with her marriage to Ed and increasingly unsettled by her daughter’s willfulness, her untouched beauty and growing sense of allure. When itinerant photographer Cady joins the sleepy holiday community, he brings an air of change with him ; of new possibilities, and uncharted waters. Kate is drawn to the freedom he represents, and Janey follows his every move. Ed and Jim are left behind, as daughter and mother follow their own paths… 
« I loved the sense of atmosphere and foreboding in the novel and also the reflection on childhood… The sense of transience in that relationships come and go and that the moment is precious. » (Christine Jeffs)

Director

Christine Jeffs

She was born in New Zealand and graduated at the sociology and geography university of Palmerston North. She studied editing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School before she edited advertising and fictional films. She is also an author and a director. Her first short film, Stroke, was shown in Cannes in 1994 and in Sundance in 1995. Rain is her first feature film.

Aaron Murphy
Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki
Alistair Browning
Marton Csokas
Sarah Peirse

Screenplay
Christine Jeffs adapté du roman “Rain” de Kirsty Gunn

Image
John Toon

Sound
Sam Petty

Editing
Paul Maxwell

Music
Neil Finn

Set decoration
Kirsty Clayton

Production :
Philippa Campbell
Rose Road
Communicado
c/o New Zealand Film Commission
PO Box
11 546 Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande
tél. : (64 4) 382 7680
fax : (64 4) 384 9719

Vente à l’’étranger :
New Zealand Film Commission
PO Box
11 546 Wellington, Nouvelle-Zélande
tél. : (64 4) 382 7685
fax : (64 4) 384 9719
marketing@nzfilm.co.nz 

Distribution :
ARP Sélection
75 avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 56 69 26 00
fax : 33 (0)1 45 63 83 37 

Presse française :
Pascal Launay
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 73 00 33
fax : 33 (0)1 42 73 07 77

Presse internationale :
Gordon Harcourt
gharcourt@compuserve.com

Title in Original Version : Pluie