HDSP: HUNTING DOWN SMALL PREDATORS
(Hristo Shopov as Chakara)
ORIGINAL TITLE: Лов на дребни хищници / Lov na drebni hishtnitsi.
DIRECTED BY: Tsvetodar Markov.
MAIN CAST: Hristo Shopov, Marian Valev, Silvia Petkova, Vladimir Georgiev, Yana Titova, Boiko Krastanov, Stefan Mavrodiev, Gergana Kofardjieva, Emil Emilov, Liudmila Slaneva, Daniel Vladimirov, Ivailo Zaxariev and Yoanna Temelkova.
PRODUCED BY: Tsvetodar Markov, Centro Nacional de Cine (НФЦ) and Kamera Film.
WRITTEN BY: Hristian Nochev.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Ostava.
RUNTIME: 95 minutes.
GENRE: Romance | Thriller | Comedy | Drama.
Hunting Down Small Predators tells two stories that take place at the same time, and despite seeming very different, the protagonists show similar feelings.
This is a film in which loyalty, true friendship, love, revenge, trust and remorse are some of the emotions that are strongly noticeable in the characters. Some characters who are presented as supposedly free individuals, in control of their lives and masters in their world, make decisions governed by love, idealism, brutality or crime without being aware of the consequences of their actions. But this freedom is only apparent because they act in a society that has shaped them.
One story refers to four friends (Chakara, Sinatra, The Big Undertaker and the Little Undertaker), who have known each other since childhood. They have chosen the dark side of life; their existence is marked by violence, experiences on the border of legality, and the exercise of crime. The head of all of them, who ultimately makes the decisions, is Chakara (Hristo Shopov), a tough guy, with a strong position in the mafia organisation, which he is already part of but wishes to achieve greater power, and that, apparently he does not care one bit when taking decisions that could risk the integrity of his colleagues in order to defend his territory and interests. One day, owing to a clash between gangs, two of them, The Large Undertaker and The Small Undertaker lose their lives. Sinatra is distraught by this event.
On the other hand, is the story of Mihail – nicknamed Limkata – a shy and introverted boy who has serious problems communicating with others and looks for a psychologist’s help. One day, Mihail, in an attempt to overcome his problem, meets a group of teenagers (Hani, Beti and Speisa), who accept and approve of him spontaneously. This group of friends decide at one point to obtain easy money by abducting the cats of an elderly woman, an aunt of Sinatra, in which they ask for a ransom of 4000 levs. What these boys do not know is that the seemingly innocent act that they plan in order to get some money and go to the sea, will scar their lives.
*NOTE: During most of the film, the viewer may wonder what the two stories told have in common, both seem totally different, developed in very distant climates, that would hardly ever meet. However, it is not a question of finding similarities in the superficial aspects of their protagonists, but rather quite the opposite: the deepest feelings of the characters, drawn on by the film are the same, which is evidence that passion and emotion are common in the human race.
In the story, the memory of the most deep-rooted friendship, which seemed forgotten or pushed to the background in favour of selfishness or self-interest, is dramatically and strongly reborn. Thus, the pain of losing a friend and the reaction to this suffering makes them tougher and cold in the film – Chakara – a person who forgets everything material surrounding him and follows his instinct in taking a transcendental decision.
Once again, Hristo Shopov, in the pivotal moment of the narrated story does not need to use any words to convey to the viewer, the tragic feelings that victimise his character; once again, weapons are a companion of the character that he plays, but this time, they lose their importance in the substantial moments of the film, when the actor successfully make us forget the corruption that surrounds Chakara and we feel sorry for a simple human being, with unlimited suffering, we feel close to a being that will unexpectedly overcome lost emotions, pain, nostalgia and perhaps remorse.
The final minutes of both stories are tremendously dramatic, marked by tragedy and it really pulls at the viewer’s emotions.
The film won four awards at the Bulgarian Film Festival Zlatna Roza (2010): Best Projectionist, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and the Film Critics award for Tsvetodar Markov (producer and director) and Hristian Nochev (writer).
In the DVD of the film one will find additional extras, some of the same scenes, the trailer, photos and the video clip of the musical group Ostava, which produces the soundtrack with the theme of Mexico.
HDSP - Official Trailer
HDSP - OSTAVA "Mexico"- HDSP Soundtrack