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Here

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In the city of Brussels, a Romanian construction worker (Stefan Gota) about to leave on vacation, crosses paths with a Belgian-Chinese biologist (Liyo Gong) writing a dissertation on moss. Such is the slender but fruitful starting point for Here, a film so attuned to the rhythms and textures of the everyday that even its characters’ names are an afterthought. Taking us from city to country, from concrete urban locales to lush natural environs, Belgian filmmaker Bas Devos’ fourth feature suggests that the beauty we find here knows no human distinctions.

Winner of the top prize in the Berlinale’s adventurous Encounters section, the film is a sensuous wonder, featuring precise 4:3 tableaux, tactile 16mm photography, compositions reminiscent of Edward Hopper, and the lilting rhythms of a gentle city symphony. Although there are hints of romance between the two leads, Here is less a full-blown drama than a luminous exploration of the visible world, a film about two people united by their mutual delight in their surroundings.

A modestly proportioned movie of quiet magnificence, one that feels spun of gossamer summer light and rooted in unshakeable depths.

Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

Being in the moment has rarely been so exhilarating.

Tim Grierson, Screen International

A cinematic antidote to an era marked by dwindling attention spans and human detachment, offering a poignant reflection on the power of living in the moment.

Martin Kudlac, Screen Anarchy

Director

Bas Devos

Cast

Stefan Gota, Liyo Gong, Cedric Luvuezo, Teodor Corban, Saadia Bentaïeb

Credits
Country of Origin

Belgium

Year

2023

Language

In Dutch, French, Romanian and Chinese with English subtitles

Awards

Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize: Encounters, Berlin 2023

19+
82 min
Quetzalcoatl

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Credits

Producer

Marc Goyens

Screenwriter

Bas Devos

Cinematography

Grimm Vandekerckhove

Editor

Dieter Diependaele

Production Design

Špela Tušar

Original Music

Brecht Ameel

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