In Haitian folklore, a zombie is an animated corpse raised by the magical means, such as witchcraft.
The idea to retell the story of one the world's most recognised leaders of the Revolutionary movement has spun out of the desire to satirise and dismantle the cult of Lenin who still wields enormous power over the hearts and minds of millions of people. In Russia and beyond, every single town and village has a street named after the great leader or Marx, or Dzerzhinskiy, etc. How did they achieve this lasting effect? Who are the people who still advocate on their behalf? Are they even human?!
While still in development, the story of Franken-Lenin, will most likely be told through the eyes of our interviewee - Vladimir Lenin - who is Frankenstein-type zombie resting in the Mausoleum to this very day. Unlike the roaming zombies we are already familiar with thanks to TV hits like The Walking Dead, our hero is quick-witted, full of vigour and charisma which makes him likeable and comparable to humans. The idea is to explore and subvert the notion of ultimate power and take it to ridiculous extremes where it seemingly doesn't make any more sense but still works because the game we are playing is persistent throughout the film - it's a high-stakes power struggle.
This is a fantastical premise that gives us freedom to play with the way the characters behave and means by which we advance the plot. While we will revisit the places where Lenin and his henchmen plotted away (St. Petersburg, Zurich, London, Moscow) and follow the events as they unfolded, there is no pressure to stick to historical accuracy. Rocking to sounds of Iggy Pop, Marilyn Manson, Sex Pistols, Boney M, we will take the audience on a never-seen-before ride of black humour, gags, gagging and blood-splurging absurdity. I want to make a fun film whose sole purpose is to thrill and entertain; create a sense of a world with its own logic, fetish, dangers, pleasures, 80s pop, politics and culture references mixed with mundane aspects of zombies lives based on recognisable historical figures.