DVD Release: The Loneliest Planet

DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: IFC

The Loneliest Planet movie scene

Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg are the picture of happiness--at first--in The Loneliest Planet.

The 2011 thriller The Loneliest Planet starring Gael Garcia Bernal (Letters to Juliet)  is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s 1936 short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.

A happily engaged couple (Bernal and Israel-based actress Hani Furstenberg) arrive in the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia for a backpacking trip. They engage a villager (Bidzina Gujabidze) to act as guide and the three venture into the stunning wilderness. The trio’s peaceful adventure takes a dark turn when they encounter an armed man and his two sons, prompting a momentary misstep by Alex which creates a subtle rift between himself and Nica. The rift quickly widens until it threatens to destroy everything the couple believed about each other and themselves.

Written and directed by Russian-American filmmaker Julia Loktev, the gorgeously photographed unrated Loneliest Planet was screened at film festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, Hong Kong, London and Sarasota, among others, before it received a limited release to U.S. theaters in October, 2012. The film received generally favorable reviews, with A.O. Scott of The New York Times describing it as “gripping and haunting.”

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.