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The Loneliest Planet


BREATHTAKING. A strikingly successful piece of daring.

— David Thomson, The New Republic

A FILM YOU WILL NEVER FORGET...You have to see ‘The Loneliest Planet,’ for it is one of those works that prepares you for life, that make you wary, alive and responsible, and which well, you’ll never forget it...Loktev is one of the most radical, intelligent and talented filmmakers now at work. ‘The Loneliest Planet’ is an experience you deserve. So search it out.

— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Presented by Sundance Selects | United States | Oct 26th, 2012 | 113 MINS | UR

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. And then, a momentary misstep, a gesture that takes only two or three seconds, over almost as soon as it begins. But once it is done, it can’t be undone, threatening to undo everything the couple believed about each other and about themselves. All the while, they are not alone. They are always with the guide, who witnesses their every move. The film plays off the relationship between young travelers and the places they travel to, between guide and guided. But at heart, it is a love story — a tale about betrayal, both accidental and deliberate, about masculinity, failure and the ambiguities of forgiveness.


  • Julia Loktev


  • Jay Van Hoy
  • Lars Knudsen
  • Helge Albers
  • Marie-Thérèse Guirgis

Executive Producers

  • Dallas Brennan
  • Shelby Alan Brown
  • Chris Gilligan
  • Hunter Gray
  • Gregory P. Shockro
  • Rabinder Sira


  • Julia Loktev
  • based on short story by Tom Bissell