Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Two music-oriented documentaries are rolling out in this weekend’s Specialty arena. Tribeca Film Festival 2012 doc The Zen Of Bennett will begin a slow release with the focus on legendary Tony Bennett. Orchestra Of Exiles heads to theaters trailing the Israeli Philharmonic to various cities along with the film about its WWII origins. Sundance Selects will bow Julia Loktev’s long-time-in-coming The Loneliest Planet, starring Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg in a limited release. And Radius TWC will open its first pickup title Pusher in select cities. The film has been on VOD in the U.S. for one month.
The Loneliest Planet
Director-writer: Julia Loktev
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Producer Marie Therese Guirgis first came on board The Loneliest Planet six years ago. Financial maneuvering would lead the project down many international paths before it settled into the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where writer-director Julia Loktev initially wanted to shoot. “I was working with Julia and Lars [Knudsen] and Jay [Van Hoy from Parts and Labor] all came on board together,” said Guirgis. “The project had some things fall through. We initially started with full funding with a particular investor.