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Sundance Selects Acquires North American Rights to 'The Loneliest Planet'

The drama was written and directed by Julia Loktev.

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to The Loneliest Planet, written and directed by Julia Loktev.

Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg and Bidzina Gujabidze star in the story of a couple backpacking in the Caucasus mountains that finds the threat of violence intruding on their journey. Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Marie Therese Guirgis and Helge Albers produced the project.

"It’s a great honor to be able to continue to work with Julia Loktev with The Loneliest Planet," said Sundance Selects president Jonathan Sehring. "She’s made a phenomenal film that further establishes her as one of the most exciting talents working in world cinema today."

Sundance Selects execs Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media's Dana O’Keefe on behalf of the filmmakers.

A sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, Sundance Selects recently released the films Certified Copy, Buck, Tabloid and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Forthcoming releases include the 3D Pina, Into the Abyss, The Kid With a Bike and Poliss.

IFC Films previously released Loktev's debut, Day Night Day Night.