Irina Patkanian, dir.
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Irina Patkanian, dir.
Casting a narrator for "Socrates of Kamchatka,” a hybrid documentary feature (blending fiction and nonfiction) about a small community in Kamchatka, Russia, told from the perspective of a horse named Socrates. The film interweaves two stories--one of Anfisa, a determined, successful Russian entrepreneur, and one of her horses, Socrates, who has been kidnapped and brutally murdered for no other reason but to punish Anfisa for her success. Throughout the film, as the wounded Socrates is walking to Anfisa, he recollects his life: his childhood in a small village called Socialism; his youth in Communism, a town that had been built in the woods for a while, but then was abruptly abandoned and evacuated; and finally, his short lived bliss in Capitalism, a small tourist company that Anfisa runs near the Ocean. Socrates’s narration is written in the upgraded tradition of existentialism and absurdism. Socrates reminds us of Forest Gump, as his simple observations reveal the true depth of people’s trials and tribulations as they try to survive the regime changes.
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Records Fall 2013 in NYC.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Pays: $500 flat rate. The producers are seeking both union and nonunion performers for this production, but no union contract is currently planned. Union performers should check with their union before accepting any work.
examples of Socrates Voice over
What happens when horses die? Do we go to heaven to walk forever on silver dew?
Mother Horse always bit my thighs for asking questions. She said, a horse can have only one quality: strength. A horse has no right to create thinking.
(Socrates is shot, but not in the head but in stomach, i.e. he is wounded)
People kill horses. They kill them due to a broken leg or due to be eaten as food. But I am being killed due to love of a human named Anfisa.
I am sorry, Anfisa. I’m coming to you... It will just take time.
We’ve always been connected correctly, Anfisa, ever since we were born in one and the same village called Socialism.
"Socrates of Kamchatka" 5 min. sampler