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THE LONELIEST PLANET

by Julia Loktev

synopsis

Alex and Nica are young, in love and engaged to be married. They’re off on another of the backpacking adventures they live for. They pride themselves on their ability to get around anywhere on ingratiating smiles, hand gestures and four words of the native language, to eat street food without getting diarrhea, and to sleep on any surface as long as it’s somewhat horizontal. Now in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, Alex and Nica hire a local guide to take them on a trek. Three people alone in the wild. Or to add up the numbers another way -- a woman and two men, a couple and a witness. Slowly and subtly, tensions worm their way in. And then the incident happens. Unable to speak about the incident, they venture further and further into a shifted landscape, into an emotional terrain that is crisscrossed by shame, resentment, loneliness, vulnerability, sexual tension, and the constant underlying possibility of violence.

international title: The Loneliest Planet
original title: The Loneliest Planet
country: United States, Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Julia Loktev
release date: PL 25/05/2012, DE 03/01/2013
screenplay: Julia Loktev
cast: Hani Furstenberg, Gael García Bernal, Bidzina Gujabidze
cinematography by: Inti Briones
film editing: Michael Taylor
art director: Rabiah Troncelliti
costumes designer: Rabiah Troncelliti
music: Richard Skelton
producer: Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Helge Albers, Marie-Therese Guirgis
production: Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Van Hoy/Knudsen Productions/New York, Parts and Labor, Wild Invention
distributor: Camino Filmverleih
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