The Loneliest Planet

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January 4 -

  • Grand Jury Prize — AFI Fest

"Loktev's staging of a crucial moment is expert; her look at the aftermath is poignant and nuanced, culminating in a nocturnal sequence that condenses a world of bitter and incommensurable experience into a single shot." —New Yorker

"A strikingly successful piece of daring." —The Wall Street Journal

"...a piece of art even without Bernal and Furstenberg, who are like moving portraits of themselves in this film. —Los Angeles Times

Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they are backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. The couple hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek, and the three set off into a stunning wilderness, a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed. Walking for hours, they trade anecdotes, play games to pass the time of moving through space. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, a gesture that’s over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can’t be undone. Once it is done, it threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves.

1hr 53mins | USA | NR

Directed by: Julia Loktev

Featuring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg

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