HAMLET

Synopsis

Feature film Project, currently in script development process.

The film is an 90-minute psychological and social drama. The main hero is Hamlet, a sculptor of about forty who lost his youth during the years of war and hunger, who, being under his mother’s influence, didn’t leave his motherland, didn’t become a refugee; he believed that in his country, Armenia, he can leave a worthy life, have a family. But today, when it seems that the sufferings and difficulties of the past are overcome, Hamlet still can’t find his place in this society. As he says, everyone here is either a master or a slave, no one respects artists.

As a matter of fact, he is the generalized character of an artist living in Armenia, who has to meet an injustice on every step. Very often he, who tries to speak about one’s rights, an artist’s freedom, self-determination, injustice, bribery, is suppressed, he is considered political opposition. We do not want to see the illegalities reigning in our country through rose-colored glasses. We do not want to feel deceived, we demand comfortable life for those artists living in our country who are honest creators and who do not flatter political figures in order to provide themselves with comfortable life.

There certainly are similarities between the Shakespearean Hamlet and our hero, but these similarities are connected with the complexes of a lonely and helpless person. In parallel to Hamlet, there is a character of a foreigner, who, sitting in a luxurious seaside bar, tells the barman how lonely and alien he feels, though it might seem that he has everything: family, status, favorite job, property, etc… Our next aim is to show that Hamlets exist on any side of the world and it doesn’t matter at all in what kind of a country they live – developed or not – nevertheless, they are Hamlets. Why Hamlet? Because this name, as well as the names of other Shakespearean heroes, is widespread in Armenia, he is just Hamlet, our Hamlet.

Nearly the 70% of the film is going to be shot in interior, in most of the scenes there are two actors. There are two scenes abroad, in a seaside bar. There are no technically hard shootings in the film. All the devices are relevant to the dramatic composition and aesthetics. One of our main goals is the aesthetics of the shot and the film in general, especially taking into consideration the scenes in the script that can seem heavy, unpleasant or morbid, e.g. how Hamlet bathes his 70-year-old mother, how the mother takes his son’s clothes off and dries his wet body, how cruelly the teenagers beat a young man or how Hamlet masturbates isolated in the toilet. But we have an approach which is going to be present during the whole film; it is to set our heroes free, not to intrude into their lives, just to watch them from aside and leave for them to feel free and not to be offended of us, because we know that they exist outside the movie as well. In general, the heroes in the film appear all of a sudden, as strangers, as if we watch the film not on the screen but out of a huge window and we don’t know where the heroes appeared from and where they are going, but in future they get an axial role.

The film is intended for audience over 18. It is not going to have religious limitations, political and sexual orientation, and will be open to everybody despite his or her religion, sexual orientation, nationality.

Cast & Crew

Written by
Areg Azatyan, Shoghik Tadevosyan

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