The official trailer for Russian-American director Julia Loktev's The Loneliest Planet has been released online. The film is based on a short story by Tom Bissell and co-stars Mexican start Gael Garcia Bernal (Amores Perros) and Hani Furstenberg (Yossi & Jagger).
Last year, the film was screened at the Locarno and Toronto International Film Festival. At the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, The Loneliest Planet won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film.
The Loneliest Planet will be distributed by IFC Films.
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.