Sundance 2011: 3 Clips From HERE Starring Ben Foster & Lubna Azabal
Check out three clips from the romantic road trip drama Here from filmmaker and music video director Braden King. The film makes its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
King has worked with bands such as Sonic Youth, Chan Marshall, Will Oldham, Tortoise, Low, Yo La Tengo, and Sparklehorse. The film stars Ben Foster and Lubna Azabal as two photographers who meet by chance in Armenia and decide to continue on their journey together, forging an instant bond.
The film is scored by Michael Krassner, a frequent collaborator with King, and this is actually the first American production to ever be shot in Armenia.
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.
Watch the three clips below and let us know what you think!