A Horsey Name

A Tsarist-era general, his butler, and household attempt to recall the name of a mystic healer who can cure his splitting toothache, driving them all mad in the process.

  • Natasha Fissiak
    Pussy Riot The Movement
  • George Fridlender
  • Denis Prokofiev
  • Rob Reese
  • Yelena Grinina
  • Yuri Fisyak
  • Yakov Shamshin
    Key Cast
    "Clerk Theophan"
    Obitel, Three Days until Spring, Teach me How to live, Black Cat, Battalion
  • Svetlana Kireeva
    Key Cast
    "The Old Woman"
  • Anastasia Bar
    Key Cast
    "General's wife"
  • Valeriy Zinovyev
    Key Cast
    "Major-General Buldeev"
  • Ruslan Prokofiev
    Key Cast
    "Son Aristophanes"
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  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Natasha Fissiak

Natasha Fissiak is an American-Russian film director currently studying at the Higher Courses for Screenwriters and Directors in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Director Statement

I always admired Anton Chekhov as one of the most talented Russian play writers of all times. I believe that his plays and stories are still relevant to our society today. Two years ago, I came across his funny short story A Horsey Name.

The story is about a Tsarist-era general, his butler, and household who attempt to recall the name of a mystic healer who can cure his splitting toothache while driving all of them mad in the process.

It is entertaining and at the same time it makes you think. I decided to make a film. It resonates to me since there are millions of people who are afraid of doctors so they self-medicate or, worse, rely on various methods of questionable healers, witch doctors and alternate medicine, which can sometimes lead to bad outcomes.