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Julia Loktev (born December 12, 1969) is a Russian-American film director and video artist. She was born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (now St. Petersburg, Russia).[1][2]


Early lifeEdit

Julia immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 9.[2]

Loktev attended McGill University in Montreal and received an MFA in film from New York University.[citation needed]


Loktev came across Tom Bishell's book of short stories God Lives in St. Petersburg and read it because she had been born in St. Petersburg. She decided to adapt the short story Expensive Trips Nowhere into the film The Loneliest Planet transporting the setting from Kazakhstan to Georgia.[3]

Loktev was resident at Eyebeam in 2005.[4]

In 2015, Richard Brody called her one of the best woman movie directors.[5]


Loktev is Jewish.[2][6]

In 1989, when she was 19, her father was severely injured in an automobile accident. The event was the subject of her 1998 documentary Moment of Impact.[7]


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  1. ^ "Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet". Tablet Magazine. October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Fellows: Julia Loktev". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Kelsey, Colleen. "HUMAN, NATURE: JULIA LOKTEV ON THE LONELIEST PLANET". Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Julia Loktev |". Retrieved 2016-01-27.
  5. ^ Brody, Richard (11 December 2015). "The Best Movies of 2015". The New Yorker. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "PUBLIC LIVES; From a Daughter, Scenes of a Life in Limbo". The New York Times. January 30, 1998.
  7. ^ Smith, D. "Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet". Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  8. ^ "What Makes Julia Loktev, the Director of a New Movie About a Female Suicide Bomber, Tick". New York Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2007.

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