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Welcome to Karastan

Ben Hopkins

The London director Emil Forester finds himself in a creative crisis. He already won the coveted Short Film Oscar, however fame is known to be transient. So it is a happy coincidence that Forester is invited to a retrospective in the Caucasus republic Karastan – to one of the possibly least important film festival in the world. Once there, he immediately is ordered to shoot a propaganda film for President Abashiliev, politically close to the party line, history-distorting and far away from the reality of the newly formed east-dictatorship. The shooting quickly falls behind schedule: Hollywood legend Xan Butler deranged and with a diva attitude, whilst during the casting of the extras the assault rifle of the military ‘speaks’ and in the picturesque mountains of Karastan a mysterious guerrilla unit operates. Director Ben Hopkins creates a wonderfully absurd-eastern bloc scene using subtle arrangements. With the support of HessenInvestFilm the Frankfurt co-producer Daniel Zuta realised part of the film at the River Main. _Welcome to Karastan_ celebrated its world premiere in 2014 at the Montreal International Film Festival. At the Hamburg Filmfest, co-producer Daniel Zuta from Frankfurt was honoured last year with the renowned Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-productions. "*BUY TICKET NOW >>*":http://www.adticket.de/Lichter-Filmfestival-Shop.html?format=raw&searchname=Welcome%20to%20Karastan

20. March 2015

20:00 h, Volksbühne im Großen Hirschgraben

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Regie Ben Hopkins
Year GEO / D / RUS / GB 2014
Category Regionaler Langfilmwettbewerb
Duration 100 min
Language Original version with subtitles
Produktion Daniel Zuta, Vladimer Katcharava, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Artem Vasiliew
Cast Matthew MacFadyen, Noah Taylor, MyAnna Buring, Richard van Weyden
Camera Jörg Gruber

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Competition Regional Programme