The Rain that is falling now was also falling back then - 360° Film - Director: Christian Zipfel

Director: Christian Zipfel - 2019 - in cooperation with UNATC Bukarest - 38 Min.

At the very end of the European Union, close to the Moldavian border, there is the prison of Botoșani. The prisoners Busliuc, Cristian and Manix spend the last days of their penalties in prison before facing the mammoth task of reintegrating into society. Poverty, rejection, solitude, but also themes like family and hope are omnipresent. They had a lot of time to reflect on life. What made me who I am? What does a human being need to be happy? Imprisoned between steel and concrete, the answers pounded themselves into their heads.

“I chose an immersive medium to tell my protagonists’ stories because it offers the strongest and most empathic way of immersing in their hidden everyday lives. The prison itself is also a strong narrative protagonist. Using VR is a unique opportunity for the viewer to enter these rooms that are sealed for the public.” Christian Zipfel


  • 48th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma - Competition FNC Explore
  • Winner “Digital Rising Stars Award” at PRIX EUROPA
  • Winner “Best 360° Film" at 49th International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte
  • Special Mention at Avanca 2020 - VR competition
  • 60th Thessaloniki Film Festival - VR official selection
  • 20th goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film - Open Frame Award