Julia Loktev's first feature Day Night Day Night, an intimate portrait of a young terrorist trying to detonate a bomb in Times Square, was one of the most intense, well-crafted and thoughtful low-budget debuts of the last decade, and now we finally have an official trailer for Loktev's new wilderness thriller, The Loneliest Planet, inspired by Tom Bissell's short story "Expensive Trips Nowhere." She's working on a bigger scale this time with more experienced actors like Gael GarcÃa Bernal, but based on the trailer, it looks like we can expect another deft mix of the mundane with the harrowing.
Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) 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.
The film has already garnered awards and accolades at festivals like AFI, TIFF and Locarno. The first official U.S. trailer is below.