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THE LONELIEST PLANET

USA / Germany, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Julia Loktev

THE LONELIEST PLANET

“I'm not interested in bad things happening to good people. I'm interested in good people doing bad things.” - Filmmaker Julia Loktev

The breathtaking big-screen beauty of Georgia's Caucasus Mountains act as backdrop for this thought-provoking allegory about love, betrayal and the ambiguities of forgiveness.

Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg play young lovers who engage a local guide - with a propensity to tell unsettling campfire stories - to lead them on an East European camping trek. A split-section decision triggers a series of events that threatens everything the couple believes about themselves, and each other. Through nuance and - often - silence, filmmaker Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night) creates an intimate relationship study artfully underscored with a perpetual sense of dread and impending violence.

“Will provoke passionate arguments over post-screening drinks.” - Variety

D/S Julia Loktev P Jay van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Heige Albers, Marie Therese Guirgis Dist Palace Films TD 35mm/2011

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