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Julia Loktev On 'The Loneliest Planet,' How Roberto Rosselini & Mikhail Kalatozov Inspired The Film & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 26, 2012 3:58 PM
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Few were prepared for Julia Loktev's astounding "Day Night Day Night," a harrowing bare-bones drama about a young, innocuous woman preparing to become a suicide bomber. Though it was only her second film (and her first narrative), the project exhuded the confidence and prowess of a more seasoned filmmaker -- contemporary American indies just don't come like this, especially from someone with little experience under their belt. It was something special, and those it touched made sure that Loktev was on their radar.

PIFF '12 Review: All Is Not What It Seems In Beautifully Shot 'The Loneliest Planet'

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • February 22, 2012 2:32 PM
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It’s true that the “Loneliest Planet,” directed by Julia Loktev (“Day Night Day Night”), is the kind of film that works best if you know little to absolutely nothing about it going in. But then again, couldn’t that be said for just about every film? So before we write this review in to futility before it’s even started, let’s get the basics out there: a young couple (played wonderfully by Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg), engaged to be married, is backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. They hire a guide to lead them on a hike filled with stunning vistas, and…something happens that changes things, irrevocably.

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