Lost in Karastan opens LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

// 30th of January, 2015
Stars Matthew Macfadyen and MyAnna Buring were in attendance, as well as director Ben Hopkins and producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor

Stars Matthew Macfadyen and MyAnna Buring were in attendance, as well as director Ben Hopkins and producers Mike Downey and Sam Taylor

The screening took place on Thursday 22 January at the BFI Southbank’s NFT1, and was the UK Premiere for the film starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Ripper Street), MyAnna Buring (Twilight, Kill List) and Noah Taylor (Submarine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

The film, about a washed-up arthouse director who is given carte blanche by an Eastern European despot to direct his national epic, was followed by a Q+A with Ben Hopkins and MyAnna Buring. The director and lead actress took this opportunity to reminisce about the experience of shooting the film, and to discuss what inspired it in the first place.
Ben Hopkins talked about the experience of co-writing the film with Pawel Pawlikowski, and about some of the larger-than-life events that resemble the premise of Lost in Karastan, such as the kidnapping of South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok by Kim Jong Il to create a North-Korean film industry, or Renny Harlin’s action movie intended to represent the Georgian side of the conflict with Russia.

MyAnna Buring, who was seeing the finished film for the first time, spoke of Georgia as being ‘magical’, and one of her favourite places among all the film locations she has travelled to. She evoked her feelings of nostalgia at watching the film: ‘It was a beautiful experience, we had so much fun’.

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