Stefan, a Romanian construction worker living in Brussels, is on the verge of moving back home. He cooks up a big pot of soup with leftovers in his fridge as a goodbye gift for friends and family. As he is about to leave, he meets a young Belgian-Chinese woman who is working in a little restaurant while researching her doctorate on mosses. Her attention to the near-invisible stops him in his tracks.
A hunter-gatherer of beauty in urban landscapes, Bas Devos knows how to tell stories through images. Berlinale audiences beheld this talent in his films Violet (Generation, 2014) and Hellhole (Panorama, 2019). In Here, the Belgian filmmaker’s ability to register the invisible and the untold performs many a small miracle. Unfolding in beautiful tableaux in 4:3 format, his work features characters in whose presence we want to feel the here and now, just as they do. Observing his central duo, played by the radiant Stefan Gota and Liyo Gong, as they discover each other, Devos’ gaze is as moving as it is delicate. And what more solid way for a bond to grow between two people than with their feet firmly rooted in Mother Nature’s soft carpeting? It is more fragile than cement, but it is our true terrain.
by Bas Devos
with Stefan Gota, Liyo Gong
Belgium 2023 French 82’ Colour World premiere


  • Stefan Gota (Stefan)
  • Liyo Gong (Shuxiu)


Director Bas Devos
Screenplay Bas Devos
Cinematography Grimm Vandekerckhove
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Music Brecht Ameel
Sound Design Boris Debackere
Sound Yanna Soentjens
Production Design Spela Tusar
Costumes Manon Blom
Assistant Director Sofie Tusschans
Production Manager Rosalin Brinks
Producer Marc Goyens
Executive Producer Marc Goyens

Produced by


Bas Devos

Born in Zoersel, Belgium in 1983. After making four short films, he completed his debut feature film, Violet, in 2013. The film screened in Generation where it won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury.


2005 Taurus; short film 2006 Pillar; short film 2008 The Close; short film 2009 We Know; short film 2013 Violet 2014 Violet; Generation 2019 Hellhole · Ghost Tropic 2023 Here

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023