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Friday, October 12 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Opening Night Film: The Loneliest Planet

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The Loneliest Planet

Director: Julia Loktev

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, and Bidzina Gudjabidze

Runtime: 113 mins

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. 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. 

Friday October 12, 2012 8:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Warner Grand 478 West 6th Street San Pedro, CA 90731

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