A film by Alina Gorlova
2020, 103 minutes
No. 419

This Rain Will Never Stop, from filmmaker Alina Gorlova, takes the audience on a powerful, visually arresting journey through humanity’s endless cycle of war and peace.

Amidst a harsh landscape of burnt grass and shell-tarnished soil, 20 year-old Andriy Suleyman was born in Al-Hasakah, Syria, to a Kurdish father and a Ukrainian mother. In 2012 when Andriy was in the 9th grade, their family fled the civil war in Syria and resettled in Lysychansk, his mother’s hometown in eastern Ukraine. But soon after they start their new lives, war catches up with the family again when a new conflict suddenly breaks out in Ukraine.

From Ukraine to Syria and Iraq and Germany, Andriy and his family seek a place to belong and a sense of connection, to transcend the harrowing events of the past and find their path in a world where the flow of people, violence,and dreams feels ever changing yet eternal

Winner, IDFA Award for Best First Appearance, IDFA
Winner, Best Feature Length - International Competition, Festival Dei Popoli
Official Selection, Hong Kong International Film Festival
Official Selection, True/False Film Festival
Official Selection, One World Film Festival

“it’s a brave and uncompromisingly artistic attempt to outline the contours of a much larger, perhaps species-wide soul sickness: the psychological and philosophical displacement that war churns up in its wake.” - Jessica Kiang, Variety

“Gorlova provides a fresh take on it by giving prominence to the war-and-peace cycle – where the black-and-white cinematography embodies a sort of yin-and-yang stylisation – and by choosing Andriy as the protagonist of an intense (and in part alienating) parable.” - Davide Abbatescianni, Cineuropa