12 Jan 2013 11:15
British producer Mike Downey and director Ben Hopkins shoot new film Epic in Georgia. The film is an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.
As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based production company 20 Steps Productions will shoot Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Epic is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.
The film is a co-production between London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, Daniel Zuta’s Frankfurt located Brandstorm Entertainment, Metra Films’ Artem Vassiliev in Moscow and Tbilisi’s 20 Steps owned by Vladimer Katcharava.
The list of international cast includes Matthew Macfadyen as Emil Forester, whose performance as Darcy opposite Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice is the stuff of cinematic legend. Opposite him plays the heroine of the latest Twilight – Breaking Dawn mega-franchise, Myanna Buring as love interest and heroine Tulpan. German actor Richard van Weyden takes centre stage playing himself and also the founder of the Karastani nation.
Epic is a gentle black comedy about a confused, washed up Academy Award winning British director Emil Forester, who is invited by a nascent state to make a national Epic in an obscure Caucasus Republic. When Emil Forester receives an invitation to the Embassy of the Autonomous Republic of Karastan in London to discuss his career and to receive an invitation for a retrospective of his films in ‘Karastan - Land of Inspiration’, little did he know that he would be embarking on one of the wildest journeys of his already diverse and colorful career.