Here Comes the Rain
Aquí viene la lluvia / Chatti ya dini
Like in many other places, the civil war in Lebanon left a sad balance of thousands of missing people. Ramez is one of them, but he´s one of the lucky ones: after spending two decades kidnapped in jail, one day he is liberated, free to go home with his wife and kids. But captivity and torture have left him wounds that are hard to heal, and the Ramez who comes back is very different form the one who left. Very sick and disconnected from reality, he can´t chase away the ghosts in his mind. His family also finds it hard to get used to this new reality. Until one day, during one of his many escapades from that home he feels strange, Ramez meets Zeina, whose husband also disappeared during the war. Memory, second chances, picking up conversations that were left unfinished, opportunities to recuperate what is lost, yesterday and today´s Beirut
These are the real themes in this fiction of reality; as painful as it is poetic, as hard as it is hopeful.
98´ / DCP / Color
Directed by: Bahij Hojeij
Written by: Bahij Hojeij
Cinematography by: Maxime Heraud
Film Editing by: Michèle Tyan
Art Direction by: Georges Salem
Sound: Mouhab Chanesaz
Music: Wissam Hojeij
Produced by: Bahij Hojeij, Paul Baboudjian
Production Companies: On Line Films
Cast: Hassan Mrad, Julia Kassar, Carmen Lebbos, Bernadette Hodeib, Diamant Abou Abboud
Born in Lebanon, he studied Film, Drama, and Philosophy. He taught at the Fine Arts Institute in the University of Lebanon, and produced and directed many short and medium length documentaries, like Kidnapped (1998) and The Maameltein Bridge (2006), as well as the fiction feature Ring of Fire (2004).