EN - On 25th May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris presented 'Rain', its first ever performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. A poetic documentary about searching, looking and hesitating within the walls of the opera, which at times can be claustrophobic.

FR - Le 25 mai 2011, le mondialement célèbre Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris présentait pour la première fois une performance de Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, « Rain ». Olivia Rochette et Gerard-Jean Claes ont suivi le processus de répétition, depuis les auditions jusqu’à la première représentation. Un documentaire poétique sur les recherches, observations et hésitations à l’intérieur des murs d’un opéra, qui peut à certains moments devenir très confiné.

Info

Title Rain
Original title Rain
Original language Dutch, French, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2012
World première / first public presentation 2012-10-17

Credits

Photography Olivia Rochette
Editing Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes i.s.m. Dieter Diependaele
Sound Gerard-Jan Claes
Music Steve Reich
Executive producer Xavier Rombaut

Technical specs

Running time film 84'
Release format HD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo 5.1.
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CNC, the Media Development Program of the E.U., the Belgian tax shelter for film financing; in collaboration with Canvas, NTR & Mezzo; with the participation of Rosas, Ictus
Production partners Emilie Blézat - Sciapode (FR)
Tax shelter partners B-ARCHITECTEN

Festivals

2012: IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

Rain, The Fifth Season and Oh Willy… to LA Film Fest

Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette’s documentary Rain will have its US premiere in the documentary competition of LA Film Fest (13 – 23 June 2013). Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s feature film The Fifth Season has been selected for the International Showcase in LA while the award-winning animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels was confirmed for the short film program.

rainfinews01On 25 May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris presented 'Rain', its first ever performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance.

Published on Wednesday 8 May 2013

IDFA: Challenging Rain

Rain, which is competing for IDFA's First Appearance award, follows choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as she brings one of her most famous creations to the Paris Opera Ballet. The challenge is to teach her contemporary choreography, with music by Steve Reich, to classically trained ballet dancers.

Still from Gerard-Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette's Rain“They start dancing aged eight or nine and their bodies are conditioned, whereas with Anne Teresa it's more about the individual expression of a dancer,” explains Gerard-Jan Claes, co-director of the film with Olivia Rochette. Compared to De Keersmaeker's own company, Rosas, the atmosphere in Paris was quite different. “When entering the impressive building, you arrive in a different, almost magical world with a strict hierarchy and rules.”

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

IDFA: Flanders docs out in full force

Five documentaries as well as two projects from Flanders have been selected for this year’s 25th IDFA. The five docs are Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers –The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants by Kristof Bilsen – are also selected for the IDFA Forum.

Fabio Wuytack's ExpectingRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition and follows a ballet production from initial auditions right up to opening night. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film. In Expecting (pictured left), which is selected for the IDFA Panorama, director Fabio Wuytack portrays an Afghan-Kosovan refugee couple as they struggle through their daily lives. The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé and produced by Visualantics is part of the Music Documentary competition and explores the rich, untold story of Belgian dance music.

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

Flanders docs bonanza at 25th IDFA

Five documentaries from Flanders as well as five co-productions are selected for this year's 25th edition of IDFA (14-25 November). The five are: Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers, The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants (working title) by Kristof Bilsen, can also be found in the IDFA.

Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes's docu RainRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition for first documentaries. On 25 May 2011, the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, in its first ever performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film.

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

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Short info

Director Olivia Rochette , Gerard-Jan Claes
Producers Bart Van Langendonck
Writers Gerard-Jan Claes , Olivia Rochette
Contact

Savage Film
Bart Van Langendonck
Opzichterstraat 70/7
1080 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 (0)2 711 42 91
bart@savagefilm.be
www.savagefilm.be

Sales

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Website www.savagefilm.be/specialprojects/RAIN