The Loneliest Planet

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"Breathtaking! A strikingly successful piece of daring." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A riveting drama pregnant with high stakes emotions and profound themes.” - Mike Goodridge, Screen International

"A FILM YOU WILL NEVER FORGET...You have to see The Loneliest Planet, for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which well, you’ll never forget it...Loktev is one of the most radical, intelligent and talented filmmakers now at work. The Loneliest Planet is an experience you deserve. So search it out." - David Thomson, The New Republic


Against the stunning backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, The Loneliest Planet (a clever play on the title of the popular travel-book series) is an intelligent, original and thought-provoking tale of modern love. Alex (Gael García Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg, Yossi and Jagger) are young, in love and engaged to be married. Travelling in the Caucasus Mountains, they hire a local guide named Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze) to lead them on a backpacking trek through the stunning wilderness. So far, all seems perfect. However, the idyll is eventually interrupted by a momentary misstep - a seemingly small gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that’s over almost as soon as it begins. But once it’s done, it can’t be undone. Soon, this small moment in the lives of two seemingly happy people threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. Engrossing, insightful and sometimes mysterious, The Loneliest Planet plays off the complicated relationship between travelers and the places they go, between guide and guided. It’s a film about love, betrayal, masculinity, failure and the ambiguities of forgiveness. From acclaimed filmmaker Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night).


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(Julia Loktev, 2012, USA / Germany, 133 min., Not Rated, Sundance Selects) 35mm


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