VARNA: Svetoslav Ovcharov’s new feature film Enemies aka David's Sling will screen in the main competition of the 35th Golden Rose Bulgarian National Film Festival (30 September - 7 October 2017). The director is known for his special interest in Bulgaria's historical past.
The story takes place during the Balkan War in spring 1913, when the Bulgarian troops nearly reach Constantinople, while the Turkish fleet dominates the Marmara Sea. Seven Bulgarian officers and soldiers try to relocate a boat from the Saros Gulf to the Marmara Sea by land. Their idea was to turn the boat into a live torpedo and blast the enemy’s battleship.
Ovcharov, who is also a respected professor in film directing at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, told FNE that “the story drawn from the military history is a real one.”
The film was shot in Tzarevo, Sinemorec and Burgas on the Black Sea in October-November 2014. The production built a military camp with a headquarters tent. “During the shooting, a violent hurricane destroyed the whole set. Huge floods tore the crew from the rest of the world for three days. Actually, the team lived the feelings of the people involved in the real event”, Ovcharov also said.
The film was produced by Omega Films in coproduction with the Bulgarian National Television, with the support of the Bulgarian National Film Center. The DoP Rali Ralchev shot the film with anamorphic optics, widescreen and in black and white.
The popular actor Assen Blatechki is working with Ovcharov for the first time. The cast includes Ivan Barnev, Hristo Ushev, Stefan Mavrodiev, Valentin Ganev and Ovcharov’s son, Dimitar.
Domestic release is planned for November 2017.
Director: Svetoslav OvcharovScript: Svetoslav OvcharovDoP: Rali RalchevProduction designer: Georgi Todorov-JoziCostumes designer: Elena StoianovaSound: Momchil Bojkov, Valeria PopovaEditing: Svetoslav OvcharovCast: Assen Blatechki, Valentin Ganev, Ivan Barnev, Hristo Ushev, Stefan Mavrodjev, Dimiter Ovcharov, Leart Dokle