Here We Are - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Here We Are
Isarel, Italy | 2020 | 94’| Colour | Hebrew | English subtitle | Group: B
Director: Nir Bergman

Showtimes
2020/12/06 11:00

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Programmer’s Note

Nir Bergman has drawn two extraordinary performances from his lead actors: Shav Avivi, who plays Aharon, the father of autistic teenager Uri (Noam Imber). Aharon has devoted his life to caring for his son, and it’s time to step back: Uri is about to enter a residential home. Aharon is so attuned to his son’s needs, though, whether they be Charlie Chaplin films or star-shaped pasta, he can’t imagine how anyone else can care for Uri, or perhaps he’s equally terrified of what awaits without his son to keep him busy. Taking a road trip across Israel, Here We Are captures a blend of love and suffocation between two nuanced characters. The funny, open Uri is as memorable as the watchful Aharon, with Bergman drawing the sense of a boy who may be autistic, but is so much more than that label. Aharon is a tricky character too, not above using his son’s behaviour to suit his own needs. Beautifully observed imagery and a sympathetic score take audiences on a poignant, memorable journey.

FIONNUALA HALLIGAN

Synopsis

Aharon (54) and Uri (24), his autistic son, live together in a secluded and safe routine. When Tamara, Uri’s mother and Aharon’s ex-wife, pressures Aharon to move Uri into a hostel of people his age, Aharon adamantly refuses. He knows that the boy isn’t cut out for an institution, that he would only suffer there, that he would be harmed. In a spontaneous decision, the two go on the road and find themselves wandering between places and figures from their past toward the discovery of new and surprising worlds. It is a last journey of father and son, a journey of separation and new beginnings.

Director

Nir Bergman

Nir Bergman was born in Haifa, Israel in 1969. He graduated with honors from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem on June 1998. His debut film, Broken Wings (2002) was a major success, won several international awards and was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the USA. Since then, Bergman has written and directed several award winning feature films as well as successful TV series, among them In Treatment which he co-wrote and directed and which was reversioned by HBO. Here We Are was selected for Cannes Label 2020.

Cast & Crew

Director Nir Bergman

Scriptwriter(s) Dana Idisis

Producer(s) Eitan Mansuri, Jonathan Doweck,
Marica Stocchi

Cinematographer Shai Goldman

Production Designer Nitzan Zifrut

Editor Ayala Bengad

Music Matteo Curallo

Costumes Designer Liron Cohen

Cast Shai Avivi, Noam Imber, Smadar Wolfman

Production Companies Spiro Films Ltd

Distributor

World Sales MK2 Films

World Panorama