Watch Lost in Karastan
- 1 hr 36 min
Lost in Karastan is a 2014 British comedy film directed by Ben Hopkins and starring Matthew Macfadyen, MyAnna Buring, and Noah Taylor. The film tells the story of a British filmmaker named Emil Forester (Matthew Macfadyen) who is invited by the dictator of Karastan, Abashiliev (Art Malik), to make a film about his country. The catch is that Forester is not allowed to make any negative comments about the country or the regime, and has to make a propaganda film that will showcase Karastan as a paradise. Forester is excited about the opportunity to work with Abashiliev, but things quickly go wrong when he arrives in Karastan. The country is in the midst of a civil war, and Forester finds himself trapped in a small village with a crazy cast of characters. He falls in love with the beautiful Marlene (MyAnna Buring), who is a former gun runner and current love interest of the local warlord, and befriends an American war correspondent (Noah Taylor) who is covering the civil war. Lost in Karastan is a satirical film that pokes fun at the government propaganda and the stereotypes that exist between the East and West. The film is shot in a mockumentary style, with interviews between Forester and various locals interspersed with footage of the events that unfold. Matthew Macfadyen is excellent as the hapless filmmaker, Forester, who is constantly getting in over his head. MyAnna Buring is charming as Marlene, and Noah Taylor brings a nice balance of humor and cynicism to the film as the war correspondent. Art Malik is also excellent as the dictator, Abashiliev, who is both menacing and ridiculous at the same time. The film is well directed by Ben Hopkins, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Pawel Pawlikowski. There are some excellent set pieces in the film, including one where Forester is forced to take part in a goat parade, and another where he accidentally eats a human hand. Overall, Lost in Karastan is an enjoyable film that is both funny and thought-provoking. It is a film that will make you question the nature of propaganda and the role that the media plays in shaping our perceptions of other countries.