Planet Blue

Gur Bentwich
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“A country in waiting.” These are the words Kobi Oz used to describe Tel Aviv’s old central bus station in the sentimental hit by Teapacks. Mulli, Planet Blue’s protagonist, gets off the bus and already wants to buy another ticket for Cairo. From there, he might continue to Thailand or India. Planet Blue relates to people waiting for “change.” They are done waiting. Leaving Tel Aviv to go anywhere, to the unknown, to the illusion. Drugs in Planet Blue are not presented directly, but as an abstract scripted overtone appearing as a lingering spirit. Psychedelics have always been referred to as an entryway to different worlds – alien, interplanetary, timeless. Planet Blue’s dimension seeks external redemption. A bus suddenly passes by, honks, and the camera follows it. A sign appears: “Tel Aviv’s New Central Bus Station will open on 18.8.1993,” like Marty Macfly in Back to the Future 3 when he goes back to 1885 and finds out about the future construction of the clock tower from Back to the Future 1. Past and future collide, old and new. Cities rise and fall and maybe aliens will show up soon and take us away from here.

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