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Lost in Karastan

OT: Welcome to Karastan

Ben Hopkins // Germany, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Georgia, 2014
Fiction Feature // FF2014
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Independent film-maker Emil Miller is in the middle of a creative block and on top of that his wife has left him. So the invitation to a film festival in the newly independent Caucasian republic of Karastan is perfectly timed. That the country is a model dictatorship doesn’t bother the burnt-out director. He gladly accepts an offer from the president to make an epic film about a Karastanian folk hero from the Middle Ages. But shooting huge battles with several thousand extras soon starts to go wrong: first the leading actor disappears, then the president is toppled by a military junta. Welcome to Karastan is a highly amusing grotesque, whose outrageousness is occasionally reminiscent of Sasha Baron Cohen’s mockumentary Borat.


Apart from working as a director, Ben Hopkins (*1969) also writes novels and screenplays. He became known for his films Simon Magnus (1999) and The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz (2000). His film Welcome zu Karastan was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG 014.



Welcome to Karastan

Fiction Feature



Germany, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Georgia


100 min

OV with German subtitles

Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins, Pawel Pawlikowski

Matthew MacFadyen, Noah Taylor, Myanna Buring, Richard van Weyden

Daniel Zuta, Vladimer Katcharava, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Artem Vasiliew

Jörg Gruber

Alan Levy

Andreas Lukas

Anette Reuther


PifflMedien GmbH

Stealth Medien Group

Brandstorm Entertainment AG; 20 Steps Production; Metra Films; F&ME

Daniel Zuta, Brandstorm Entertainment AG: mail@zutafilm.de

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