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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

WHILE WE WERE HERE

Directed by Kat Coiro
FEATURE NARRATIVE 83 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE WHILE WE WERE HERE
In this tightly crafted relationship drama, Jane (Kate Bosworth) and her husband Leonard (Iddo Goldberg) travel to Naples—where Leonard is playing viola with the local orchestra—hoping to reinvigorate their silently disintegrating marriage and escape a personal tragedy that hangs heavily between them. Jane, left alone most days, wanders the streets listening to tapes she made of interviews with her grandmother, seeking inspiration to finish a book based on the old recordings. Facing writer's block, she takes a day trip to stunning Ischia, where she meets Caleb (Jamie Blackley), a young American leading a hermetic yet Dionysian life on the island. As the two embark on an unlikely emotional affair, Jane's carefully constructed world begins to crack open and she faces drastic changes in her life.

Writer/director Kat Coiro draws out brilliant performances from her cast: The tension between Bosworth and Goldberg smacks of an all-too-common reality and Blackley's carefree romanticism is a pitch-perfect antidote. Although it's a thoroughly modern film, the black-and-white imagery (an homage to the greats of Italian cinema) evokes reveries from another era and imbues the film with a rich sense of both nostalgia and honesty.
Drama, Female Director(s), Relationships
About the Director(s)
Kat Coiro was born in Manhattan and studied directing at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. She has worked as an actress and the head of development at Bold Films. She has directed a number of shorts and the feature L!fe Happens. She is in post on the feature A Case of You, starring Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, and Vince Vaughn.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    83 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    Kat Coiro
  • Producer:
    Lauren Bratman, Kat Coiro
  • Editor:
    Adam Catino
  • Associate Producer:
    Sammi Cohen
  • Director of Photography:
    Doug Chamberlain
  • Executive Producer:
    Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis
  • Composer:
    Mateo Messina
  • Primary Cast:
    Kate Bosworth, Claire Bloom, Iddo Goldberg, Jamie Blackley

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