Last night I saw a screening of Julia Loktev’s new film The Loneliest Planet at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. (Turns out I can just hop on the Q Train in Brooklyn and I’m there in under an hour!)
I wrote a rave review of Loktev’s first film Day Night Day Night in my JUF News report on the 42nd annual Chicago International Film Festival way back in 2006, and The Loneliest Planet is even better.
Although there is no obvious Jewish content, The Loneliest Planet stars Israeli actress Hani Furstenberg (best-known for her excellent supporting roles in Campfire and Yossi and Jagger), and it’s wonderful to see Furstenberg spread her wings in the center of this searing narrative.
Does the character of “Nica” have to be Jewish? Probably not. But as created by Loktev and embodied by Furstenberg, I am completely convinced that she is. Bravi, Banot!
The Loneliest Planet opens in New York and LA on Oct 26, and at the Music Box Theatre in Andersonville on Nov 2.
Click HERE to read my full review of The Loneliest Planet for WomenArts.
Posted by JUF Online on 10/19/12.