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Title: The Loneliest Planet Director: Julia Loktev Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze On one of the deeper album cuts from their 2004 release “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” U2′s Bono sang, on “A Man and a Woman,” of the “mysterious distance” between the sexes, and how one can often find themselves — for better and worse — lost in that chasm of the ineffable and perhaps unknowable. A cinematic travelogue and unusual three-hander about a pair of young, engaged lovers who undertake a guided backpack tour through the Caucasus Mountains in formerly Soviet Georgia, the artfully restrained “The Loneliest Planet” provides a hazy yet engaging expedition through [ Read More ]
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Few were prepared for Julia Loktev's astounding "Day Night Day Night," a harrowing bare-bones drama about a young, innocuous woman preparing to become a suicide bomber. Though it was only her second film (and her first narrative), the project exhuded the confidence and prowess of a more seasoned filmmaker -- contemporary American indies just don't come like this, especially from someone with little experience under their belt. It was something special, and those it touched made sure that Loktev was on their radar. And it took a couple of years, but thankfully the director has returned with "The Loneliest Planet," another spare, observant slice of minimalism that she had done so well a few years prior. This time Loktev explores the complexities of love (among other things) through one couple (Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) and their dedicated Georgian tour guide (Bidzina Gujabidze), centering on one cringing moment during. »
- Christopher Bell
Glacially slow by mainstream standards, "The Loneliest Planet" is more concerned with making you think than hoodwinking you with zany plot developments. For cinemagoers seeking a challenging experience sure to rattle in your brain long after you leave the theater, you'd be advised to visit "The Loneliest Planet."
The drama pits Gael Garcia Bernal opposite fresh face Hani Furstenberg as Alex and Nica, a young, spirited couple backpacking across the Caucasus Mountain in Georgia a mere few months before their wedding date. And who can blame them? As captured gorgeously by cinematographer Inti Briones, the lush mountains make for an idyllic getaway for the vacationer with an adventurous spirit.
For the majority of the first half of Loktev's picture, Alex and Nica walk (a lot), and engage »
- Nigel Smith
Two lovers hiking — Oh damn did that just happen? — We’ll call it ‘Event’
In 1960, Psycho invented the phenomenon of ‘hyped secrecy,’ which drove the masses to cinematheques worldwide so they could know what all those coy bastards were alluding to in their cryptic post-screening cinegasms. Few films have been able to achieve such a level of intrigue after its release (although The Sixth Sense comes close). Usually, it’s the result of a clever twist that changes our perception of a character’s motives, or sometimes it’s a (rare) satisfactory resolution to a nagging question (what the hell does “Rosebud” mean!), and they’ll almost always be found in either the horror, thriller, or crime genres. Julia Loktev’s third film The Loneliest Planet – a mellow drama cum melodrama – is structured solely and entirely around an ‘event’ at its halfway point that entirely reconfigures how we read the film. »
- Blake Williams
IFC Films has provided us with an exclusive clip from The Loneliest Planet, director Julia Loktev's upcoming thriller that explores the depths of a young couple's relationship. Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg star as Alex and Nica, whose love is threatened by a split-second decision while backpacking in the wilderness. Take a look at this scene where the couple's guide hears a bizarre sound.
The Loneliest Planet - Exclusive Listen
Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) 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. »
Following up on her tense, distressingly visceral narrative feature Day Night Day Night, which anatomized the final hours of a female suicide bomber preparing for an operation in Times Square, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Julia Loktev leaves the cramped urban space of contemporary Manhattan for the majestic wilds of the Caucasus Mountains in The Loneliest Planet, where a Western couple, Nica (Hani Furstenberg) and her fiancée Alex (Gael García Bernal), have embarked on a hiking holiday in post-Soviet Georgia. Navigating their way through the emerald landscape with the help of a guide, Dato (Bidzina Gujabidze), whose war-scarred personal history seems to hang around his fatigued eyes like soot, Nica and Alex are game participants in their less-than-luxurious travel adventure, delighting in their ability to “rough it.” (The film opens with a jolting shot of Nica bouncing in a tub naked, in a kind of ecstatic discomfort, while Alex ferries over buckets of »
- Damon Smith
Julia Loktev's 2006 movie Day Night Day Night followed a young woman on her journey to become a suicide bomber, a riveting film released at just the right time to really shake up anyone who saw it. Her follow-up The Loneliest Planet may seem mundane by comparison, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg as a young engaged couple who are traveling through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia with a local guide, played by one of the country's premiere mountaineers, Bidzina Gujabidze. Things are going well and they're enjoying the idyllic holiday until a sudden incident drives a wedge between the couple and they have to finish the journey while what happened hangs over their head. It's a simple and fairly subdued, often dialogue-less story, that uses the grand landscape »
Title: The Loneliest Planet Sundance Selects Director: Julia Loktev Screenwriter: Julia Loktev, from Tom Bissell’s short story “Expensive Trips Nowhere” from the collection God Lives in St. Petersburg. Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze Screened at: Broadway, NYC, 10/11/12 Opens: October 26, 2012 When you ask people who have come home from vacation, “How was your trip?” what do you expect them to say? After all, they’ve spent money, they’ve spent time, they’ve chosen a destination, and most of all they want to make you jealous. Did you ever hear a traveler say, “What a waste of money!” Of course not. This would make them seem like dorks. [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Sundance Selects has released the first trailer for The Loneliest Planet, director Julia Loktev's critically-acclaimed indie. Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg star as a young couple who are torn apart after a bizarre experience on vacation. Take a look at the first footage from this thriller set in the Caucasus Mountains.
The Loneliest Planet - Trailer
Alex (Gael García Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) 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, »
The trailer for Julia Loktev's The Loneliest Planet is now online, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers . Check it out in the player below! In the August 24 release, Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. The summer before their wedding, they set off on a backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. In the first section of Julia Loktev.s ("Day Night Day Night") tense, impeccably acted new feature, the filmmaker examines the couple.s relationship with startling intimacy, chronicling the way they support and depend upon each other while making the arduous journey along with their enigmatic Georgian guide (Bidzina Gujabidze). As the two marvel over the jaw-dropping beauty of the mountains, things seem »
Directed by Julia Loktev
Written by Julia Loktev
2011, USA, Germany
Music can’t quite do it. Paintings can try. Literature can and often does, but it ends up being unwieldy and obsessive. Theatre? Yes, theoretically, but unless all audience members are five feet from the performers, theatre must yield itself to theatrics, grand gestures or at least actions that can be seen from cheap seats in the furthermost row. Sculpture…? No, cinema. Cinema stands as the definitive medium for depicting behaviour; the complex subtlety of a gesture, an expression, over time, captured as intimately as one desires. The written word could barely approximate the enigmatic expression on the Mona Lisa’s face with any real brevity or economy. The painted image could not hope to capture that smile as it morphed and altered in response to Mona Lisa’s inner state, her thoughts, her emotions; a momentary provocation. »
Directed by: Julia Loktev
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Rating: Not Rated
Showtimes at Piff: Monday 2/20 5:15pm at Cinema 21, Friday 2/24 8:45pm at Cinema 21 Complete Piff Schedule
Plot: An engaged couple going on a backpacking trip through the Caucasus Mountains and find out some tough truths about their relationship.
Who’S It For? Filmgoers who prefer visuals over dialogue.
Bernal and Furstenberg make a beautiful and believable couple. From the beginning, their rapport seems easy and natural. The film is observational, the camera watches the couple as they walk around town, find a guide, play with children and just have a good time. Their guide seems a little suspect, but maybe only because I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Though the program says the film has subtitles, mine didn’t. Most of the dialogue is in English, »
- Megan Lehar
12 items from 2012
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