The Loneliest Planet

October 26th 2012
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • Unrated,
  • 113 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
  • Director: Julia Loktev
  • Writers: Julia Loktev, Tom Bissell
  • Producers: Helge Albers, Marie-Therese Guirgis, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy
  • Executive Producers: Dallas Brennan, Shelby Alan Brown, Chris Gilligan, Hunter Gray, Gregory P. Shockro, Rabinder Sira
  • Art Direction: Elina Shahnazarova
  • Costume Design: Rabiah Troncelliti
  • D.O.P.: Inti Briones
  • Editor: Michael Taylor
  • Makeup: Anja Epkes
  • Production Design: Rabiah Troncelliti


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 magical. And then, in one single terrifying moment, a momentary misstep threatens to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. Unable to rely on one another, the wide-open wilderness suddenly seems to them completely remote—and darkly forbidding.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia
  • Production Companies: Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Parts and Labor, Van Hoy/Knudsen Productions, Wild Invention

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Julia Loktev ("Day Night Day Night") directs this independently financed US & German co-production based on a short story by Tim Bissell ("Frozen Planet," "Another Man's Son") and shot on location in Georgia. On the surface this doesn't seem that exciting, certainly it sounds like a slightly more thriller oriented version of the Armenia-set American indie film "HERE" also opening this year and about to get a big launch at Sundance.

Despite the leads being Mexican and Israeli, the film is in English and one description calls it a "chamber-piece set in a landscape that is both overwhelmingly open and frighteningly closed". Certainly the location filming should yield some beautiful scenery, it looks like it had access to the Ciscaucasus region in the north whereas "HERE" was confined to the Transcaucasus further south. Whether the film's narrative will be of any interest, we'll likely have to wait until a possible festival launch later in the year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 25 May 2012: Poland