// Lost in Karastan: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival//

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), will be running from Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 23 and the festival will be showing Lost in Karastan.

British filmmaker, Mike Downey, will be recognized as Producer of the Decade. Downey produced Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, and will attend the U.S Premiere of his film Lost In Karastan

// Lost in Karastan: notes from the Hamburg Film Festival//

A very dear friend has seen Lost in Karastan at the Hamburg Film Festival and let me know some of her notes from the event.

First, she really liked the movie.  She says that Ben Hopkins attended the event and answered some questions from the audience.

One German fan asked Ben if Matthew Macfadyen needed to be convinced to take the role of Emil Forester in the movie.  Ben replied that no, Matthew loved the character of Emil.  Ben also said that Matthew is a very kind and lovely man.

Ben also told the audience that after the theatrical release of Lost in Karastan, it will eventually go to DVD, which is fortunate for those that may never get to see the movie otherwise.

// Lost in Karastan: Festival do Rio 2014//

Lost In Karastan will head to Brazil for the Festival do Rio 2014 soon.

Saturday, 27/0915:30Estação Rio 1ER114
Wednesday, 01/1017:45Cinepolis Lagoon 6LG628
Friday, 03/1013:20Estação Ipanema 1IP142
Friday, 03/1021:50Estação Ipanema 1IP146

 Thanks again Luce!

// Lost in Karastan: Filmfest Hamburg 2014//

Lost in Karastan is heading to the Filmfest Hamburg with two showings.  It will be presented in English with German subtitles.

Fri, 26/09 at 07:15 pm
Thu, 02/10 at 07:30 pm


// Lost in Karastan: BIAFF 2014 Film Festival//

Lost in Karastan will be shown at BIAFF 2014 (IX Batumi International Art-house Film Festival) in Batumi, Georgia during September 14-21, 2014.

Lost in Karastan will be presented among the non competition section as part of films of Georgian Panorama.

(Thanks to Luce for sharing!)


Starz has launched an Official Da Vinci’s Demons Tumblr, with a brand new video from the set of Da Vinci’s Demons season 3. Emmy nominated Tom Horton is interviewed by Gregg Chillin, and he chats about how special effects are incorporated into filming.

We see Tom as Leonardo several times in action on the set.

(via New season 3 behind the scenes video on Official Da Vinci’s Demons Tumblr | Tom Riley)


Tom shared his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video on You Tube, which appeared to be eagerly assisted by the cast of Da Vinci’s Demons, and Paul - Tom’s driver.

Details of how to donate to support ALS and Water Aid, are below.

The ice melted but I promise it was colder than a witch’s freezer. Donate to ALS by texting ICED55 and an amount to 70070. Donate to Water Aid here

(via Tom Riley’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video | Tom Riley)

// Lost in Karastan: A Review from the Montreal Film Festival//

Lost in Karastan (aka “Epic" and "Welcome to Karastan" had its World Premiere at the Montreal Film Festival today and we were lucky enough to have forum member Sylvie attend.  She has posted an extensive review of the film in the forum (you must be a member to read it).  She has been careful not to give away the ending, yet there may be spoilers, so beware!

Below are some of the comments from Sylvie:

  • There has been confustion as to the name of the movie, but it is promoted as Lost in Karastan at the film festival
  • While the movie is described as a “dark comedy” and there were plenty of smiles and laughter, “dark” summarizes the film better
  • This is an indie film rather than a Hollywood production
  • The characters are endearing and the actors superb
  • Matthew Macfadyen’s character, Emil Forester, is described as a “good man”

In Sylvie’s own words:

As far as I am concerned, the movie is not a “thriller”, as those filmed in Hollywood, but a reflexion on our modern world that has had more than its share of dictatorships, the illusion of power and fame, fear in the people, loyalty and real values. The actors did a great job. Matthew [Macfadyen]- always as handsome! - plays well the washed-up film-maker Emil Forester. This is not Mr. Darcy, Sir Felix or Stiva. This is a man who feels for others, who knows what fear is, who is willing to see things as they are in the end.

All in all, this is a good movie, a movie that makes people think.

For more details and impressions of the other actors/characters, please visit the forum!


// Welcome to Karastan/Lost in Karastan: Dates available for Montreal Film Festival 2014//

The program (in English and French) is now available for the Montreal Film Festival.  Lost in Karastan will be shown on 23 and 24 August at the times below.

Ben Hopkins.; Royaume-Uni - Géorgie; 96 min.; Anglais s.t.f.

23 août 11h30 CI.23.2
23 août 21h30 CI.23.6
24 août 16h30 CI.24.4

Un réalisateur sans succès se retrouve à un festival dans la République autonome du Karastan et accepte de tourner un film sur un héros national, malgré le coup d’État qui se prépare.

When down-on-his-luck filmmaker Emil Forester is invited to Karastan for a restrospective of his 2½ films, he jumps at the chance. But Karastan is a far complicated place than he imagined. 

(thank you luce for the find!)

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