THE SHEEP

Project by AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

THE SHEEP

Short Synopsis

A truck stops at the curb. Jesus, Judas and Buddha catch the Sheep. On the way, they see Muhama. Jesus suggests that she join them and tells her that they are going to a bank for a loan. The Sheep sees a dream in which Jesus, Judas, Buddha and Muhama deliver monologues about their personal issues, though It expects to hear about God. They spent the night at a motel. Jesus and Muhama make love. Muhama opens up to him, saying that Sanchez (her boyfriend) forced her into prostitution for drugs. The following morning Sanchez arrives and threatens Muhama with a gun. He hears sirens and panics, at which point Jesus punches him, causing his gun to fall. Sanchez pushes Muhama into his car and leaves. Jesus places the gun in his pocket. On the way Jesus watches the police seize Sanchez and Muhama. They reach the city. Judas takes the Sheep to the market and sell it. In the bank a black employee says that the manager can’t meet with them. The security guards escorting them out of the bank. Jesus takes out the gun and runs back into the bank. The Sheep is ruminating in the back of another truck. The truck moves and shots are heard.

 

 

 

How does society react to a pointless attack, to violence without any clear motive? The community in the Armenian city of Gyumri faces this conundrum when a Russian soldier kills seven members of a family. Nariné Mkrtchyan and Arsen Azatyan use shots of the real protests following the slaughter but fictionalise the true event. Their soldier is called Ivan, just like the fool from Russian folklore, who they have interwoven into their narrative in a children’s show.

The idea of the film started with a simple question, what if Jesus, Judas, Buddha and Muhammad found themselves in our modern society, on a road trip in a little old truck. Who would they choose to be the “driver”?  Would they argue about that question? And if they found a sheep, could they decide what they were going to do with it without arguing?

2018 IFF Berlin (Talent Campus)

2018 IFF Sarajevo

CAST & CREW

Original title

THE SHEEP

Filmmaker

AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

Premiere

World premiere

Country

Armenia

Year

2020

Medium

DCP

Length

110’

Language

Armenian

Producer

AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

Production Company

Aysor-Plus Film Productions

Sales

Aysor-Plus Film Productions

Writer

AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

Cinematography

Arthur Ustyan

Editor

AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

Cast

Music

Sound Design

AREG AZATYAN and SHOGHIK TADEVOSYAN

Production Design

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