USA – 126 min. – directed by Braden King – Armenian and English with English subtitles where necessary – Toronto premiere
Will (Ben Foster) is a satellite-mapping engineer conducting a survey of Armenia. One morning, at a rural hotel, he meets Gadarine (Lubna Azabal), an Armenian expatriate and photographer, who has returned home for the first time in years. There is an almost instant, unconscious bond between these two lonely travelers; they impulsively decide to continue together following a further chance encounter. Will ultimately starts to view the land as a source of faulty data, while Gadarine sees it as a way to redefine her relationship with her home. The cinematography in HERE is breathtaking as very few filmmakers have so vividly captured the scenic landscape of Armenia and Artsakh as refreshingly as HERE. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance, Berlin and Golden Apricot Festivals and audience members will have an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with the director in the cozy confines of Toronto’s historic Regent Theatre following the screening.