Sundance 2011: Three Clips For HERE
The first American film produced in the country of Armenia, Braden King’s HERE is a landscape-obsessed road movie that chronicles a brief but intense romantic relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Ben Foster) and an expatriate Armenian photographer (Lubna Azabal), who impulsively decide to travel together into uncharted territory. Will Shepard’s solitary work – land-surveying satellite images to check for accuracy and resolve anomalies – is called “ground-truthing”. He’s been doing it on his own, for years, all over the world. Gadarine Najarian is a tough and intriguing art photographer on her first trip home in ages, passionately trying to figure out what kind of relationship – if any – she still has with her home country and culture. There is an almost instant, unconscious bond between these two lone travelers; they impulsively decide to continue together. The two become deeply connected as their sense of themselves – and their worlds – expands. As their trip comes to an end, each must deal with the conclusions to which their journey has led them – and each must decide where to go from HERE.