Location: The Maltings Theatre & Cinema
/ 2012 / 126 min / Cert. Suggested 15
A landscape-obsessed road movie that chronicles a brief but intense romantic relationship between an American cartographer and an Armenian photographer who impulsively decide to embark on a journey, mapping the landscape.
Will Shepard (played by Ben Foster, 3:10 to Yuma) is an American satellite-mapping engineer contracted to create a new, more accurate survey of the country of Armenia. Here he meets Gadarine Najarlan (Lubna Azabal, Body of Lies, Incendies, Corialanus), a fiercely independent expatriate on her first trip back in a long time, passionately trying to figure out what kind of relationship – if any – she still has with her home country.
As they meet in a hotel café, there is an almost instant, unconscious chemistry between them, which is made palpable on screen from the start, and they soon hit the road together, travelling across Armenia and its remarkable landscape - photographing, measuring, and experiencing the trip through each other’s eyes.
Their journey takes them across the length of the country, from the Lori region in the north to the Iranian border in the south, and finally into the diplomatically undefined Nagorno-Karabagh region. It is here that they are forced to confront their intensifying relationship and the difficult questions it raises.
Beautifully shot by North-East based cinematographer Lol Crawley (Better Things, Ballast, Four Lions), and with powerful performances from the two leads, the film also features brief, more abstract sequences by renowned video artist Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) which interweave with the story on screen.
As their road 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.’
“There are vistas in Braden King’s metaphysical road movie, Here, that are so beautiful you want to step through the screen and disappear into the Armenian landscape where much of it was filmed….”
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Lol Crawley, after which we invite you to join us for a party in The Maltings Stage Dor Bar, with an exclusive set from VJ CaCi & DJ Skinny Blue.