Still from Socrates, produced by Professor Ramin Bahrani, image courtesy of the film production team

Professor Ramin Bahrani's Film 'Socrates' Receives World Recognition

November 28, 2018

Socrates, a film produced by Professor Ramin Bahrani, has received many awards and world recognition. The film follows the life of a young man. After his mother's sudden death, Socrates, a 15-year-old living on the margins of São Paulo's coast, must survive on his own while coming to terms with his grief. Socrates was produced by a crew of 16-20-year-olds from the Querô Institute, a UNICEF-supported project that provides social inclusion through filmmaking to underrepresented youths in the Baixada Santista region of São Paulo, Brazil. Produced by Ramin Bahrani and filmed with a micro budget of under twenty thousand dollars, Socrates is the debut feature film from 29-year-old Brazilian-American director Alex Moratto.
 
Socrates has been honored with the following:
 

3 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

 

* Best Actor 
* The Someone to Watch Award.
* John Cassavetes Award -- given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Bahrani was nominated along with the film's other producers)

 

Other Awards

 

Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Special Mention of The International Jury
Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Inaugural Mermaid Award
Winner: Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Special Jury Award, Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Winner: São Paulo International Film Festival, Honorable Mention of the International Jury
Winner: Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, Felix Award
Winner: Woodstock Film Festival, Ultra Indie Award
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, Best Film
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, Best Director
Winner: Mix Brasil Festival, Best Actor
Winner: Festival de Gostoso, Honorable Mention

Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Special Mention of The International Jury
Winner: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Inaugural Mermaid Award
Winner: São Paulo International Film Festival, Honorable Mention of the International Jury
Winner: Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival, Felix Award
Winner: Woodstock Film Festival, Ultra Indie Award
 

Official Selections

 
Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
Mannheim-Heidelberg Int'l Film Festival
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
São Paulo Int'l Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Mix Brazil Festival of Diversity
 
Magic Lantern, another film executive produced by Bahrani, will screen at the Tokyo Filmex Festival this week.
 
Writer/director Ramin Bahrani’s films have screened at the Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals. Bahrani has won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI critic’s prize for best film in Venice (Goodbye Solo, 2009) and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others. He has been the subject of retrospectives in venues such as the MoMA in NYC. In 2010 legendary film critic Roger Ebert proclaimed Bahrani as “the director of the decade.” His film 99 Homes stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern and premiered at The Venice, Telluride, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals, and was released nationwide in September 2015. He wrote the forward for The Oliver Stone Experience, a book by Matt Zoller Seitz that was published in September 2016. His new film, Fahrenheit 451 was released by HBO Films in May 2018 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella.