Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Lost in Karastan

Year: 2014
Run Time: 94 minutes

Lost in Karastan
Lost in Karastan
Lost in Karastan
Lost in Karastan

Emil Forester is a washed-up British filmmaker, struggling with a serious case of writer’s block. It’s been years since he’s made any films, a reality that’s led him to a state of depression. Out of nowhere, he receives a weird call from the Karastan Film Festival, inviting him to make an appearance. He curiously accepts, thrilled with their enthusiasm for his work. When he arrives, Emil realizes the whole thing is a set-up. The nation's President has called him there to direct an epic historical film about the unknown Caucasus republic. Excited by the prospect of finally creating a new movie, Emil immediately takes the job. But, as he should have learned by now, nothing is as it seems. What begins as a simple proposition eventually finds him tangled in a strange web of corruption and civil unrest. For a place so small, they’ve certainly cooked up some big drama. LOST IN KARASTAN is an exciting thrill-ride that offers something for everyone. It’s loaded with action and suspense, but equally offers a healthy balance of quirky dark humor and forbidden love. (In English and Karastani with subtitles) – E.F.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 2:15 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:10 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:45 PM

World Tour

Ben Hopkins

Born in 1969, Ben Hopkins is a British filmmaker who studied at Oxford University. Hopkins' directorial debut, "Simon Magus," won Best Film at the Stiges – Catalonian International Film Festival in 1999.

"Simon Magus" (1999), "The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz" (2000), "37 Uses For A Dead Sheep" (2006) – 31st CIFF, "The Market: A Tale of Trade" (2008) – 33rd CIFF, LOST IN KARASTAN (2014)

Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Vladimer Katcharava

Pawel Pawlikowski, Ben Hopkins

Joerg Gruber

Alan Levy

Principal Cast
Matthew Macfadyen, MyAnna Buring, Noah Taylor, Richard van Weyden

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