All seven men have a common past as fellow soldiers in the last obligatory recruitment of the Bulgarian regular army service in 2008. Poverty, unemployment, terrorism and illegal immigration are among the sharp contemporary topics of the script penned for nearly 10 years by Yurii Dachev, Tatiana Granitova and Ivan Nichev.
„The members of our colourful male group have no stable incomes or jobs. Therefore, they brutally train themselves believing in their victories over an imaginary enemy. Their naïve and sometimes comical behaviour is a direct result of the constant mix of fear and illusions they live with”, Ivan Nichev told FNE.
Newcomers or relatively less known actors play the seven main parts: Nikolai Varbanov, Ivaylo Dragiev, Iasen Popov, Atanas Naidenov, Zivko Dzuranov, Ivo Ionchev, Alexander Kanev. “The casting lasted over three months and the shooting was full of particularly heavy scenes. Everyone behaved bravely and hearty”, Nichev also said.
Shooting took place in March-April 2018 and it lasted only 29 days. The principal shooting place was a highly neglected former state factory, located in an area of 1,300 acres in the town of Vidin, on the Danube. Nearly 20% of the film was shot on specially constructed sets in Sofia. DoP Tzvetan Nedkov shot more than half of the film on Steadycam.
Director: Ivan Nichev
Scriptwriters: Yourii Datchev, Tatyana Granitova, Ivan Nichev
DoP: Tzvetan Nedkov
Production designer: Rositza Bakeva
Composer: Stefan Dimitrov
Cast: Nikolai Varbanov, Ivaylo Dragiev, Iasen Popov, Atanas Naidenov, Zivko Dzuranov, Ivo Ionchev, Alexander Kanev, Emilia Radeva, Sofia Marinkova, Elena Ivanova