It's About To Rain

It’s About To Rain (Sta Per Piovere) asks the question, “Where do you come from?” Is it where were you born, where you live or where your family resided? It’s also inspired by true events and is just like Looking For Alibrandi, in that it tells the story of the second generation progeny of immigrant parents who are questioning their place in their parents’ adopted country.

The film is written, directed and produced by Iraqi-Italian filmmaker, Haider Rashid (Tangled Up In Blue). It has its Australian premiere at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival and is a story about Said Mahran (Lorenzo Baglioni) the Florence-born son of Algerian parents. When Said’s 60-year-old father, Hamid Mahran (Mohamed Hanifi) losses his factory job, the family (including Said’s brother, Amir (Amir Ati)) are thrown into living limbo.

The trio are no longer allowed to remain in Italy as they’ve previously been denied residency and citizenship and their visa applications are rejected as they are no longer employed. It seems absurd that Said and Amir, both young men who were born in Italy face deportation to Algeria, a land they have not even visited.

The different family members grapple with and handle the situation in their own unique way. Said is a determined and strong-willed character who remains a proud Italian, speaking with a Florentine accent, barracking for Italy in the football and falling in love with a local girl (Giulia Rupi). He fights to stay by using the press and other legal mechanisms while others concede defeat.

It’s About To Rain is a subtle and intimate drama that is told with dignity, excellent performances and a copious amount of close-ups, lending it a real fly-on-the-wall feel. Rashid uses a deft hand to paint a fully-fleshed out portrait of his characters and the injustices they face in the wake of arbitrary decisions and what is ultimately a large, bureaucratic mess. The film is an endearing and relatable tale (not just for immigrants) and these charming characters will be welcomed with open arms by multi-cultural audiences in Australia.

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