Lost in Karastan

Lost in Karastan

Ben Hopkins (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Despite sharing scripting duties with Pawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love), writer/director Ben Hopkins never quite nails this satire on moviemaking and the complex politics of Eastern Europe. As this is Hopkins's first feature in six years, it's tempting to suggest there's a hint of autobiography in the opening scenes, as British director Matthew Macfadyen contemplates his forthcoming divorce and pines for his Oscar-winning, blockbusting days. However, the invitation to a festival retrospective boosts his spirits and he even welcomes dictator Richard van Weyden's request to make an epic about his fictional country's national hero. But morale soon sags, as the casting of wastrel Noah Taylor is followed by rebel assaults on the remote location and his incessant flirting with PR consultant MyAnna Buring. While bullishly played by all, this raises more broad laughs than potent points about art and politics. The cinematography admirably captures the grim grandeur of the decaying capital, but the story lacks the bite you'd expect from Pawlikowski and Hopkins.


A director struggling with personal and professional crises attends a film festival in a newly-formed republic, and accepts an offer from the country's dictator to make a film about one of their national heroes. The shoot soon descends into chaos when his leading man goes missing and his benefactor is overthrown in a military coup. Comedy, starring Matthew Macfadyen, MyAnna Buring and Noah Taylor.

Cast & Crew

Emil Forester Matthew Macfadyen
Chulpan MyAnna Buring
Xan Butler Noah Taylor
President Abashiliev Richard van Weyden
Saro Umit Unal
Ruslan Lasha Ramishvili
Director Ben Hopkins
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Bulldog Film DistributorsGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes.Available on: DVDReleased on: 22 Jan 2016