OPERATION "SHMENTI KAPELI"
(Hristo Shopov as Lyubev)
ORIGINAL TITLE: Операция "шменти капели" / Operatsia "shmenti kapeli".
DIRECTED BY: Ivan Mitov.
MAIN CAST: Vladi Vargala, Hristo Shopov, Harry Anichkin, Malin Krastev, Zahary Baharov, Kitodar Todorov, Vladimir Vladimirov-Vlad, Plamen Peev, Georgi Spasov, Johny Penkov, Jeki Stoev, Kiril Efremov, Stefan Shterev, Ognyan Panov, Vladislav Pavlov, Pavel Mitkov, Avgust Popov and Kotseto.
PRODUCED BY: Vladislav Dimitrov.
WRITTEN BY: Vladislav Dimitrov.
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Anton Chalov and Toni Klechkata.
RUNTIME: 118 minutes.
GENRE: Comedy | Action | Crime.
Operation "Shmenti Kapeli" introduces a quite funny story showing a popular explanation of the Bulgarian political transition.
The film begins -and ends- with references to the totalitarian past to get us into the lives and adventures of three honest policemen, Lyubev (Hristo Shopov), Verev and Nadejdev, in charge to find out what happened with two cases plenty of money.
The investigation leads them to a mental hospital where they must dig up the history of Tsekov Tseka, an unemployed math teacher abandoned by his wife, who squeezed and crushed by the system is a victim of every kind of absurd situations around the Bulgarian way of life.
The portrait of characters who introduce Tsekov into a lot of problems, mistakes and entanglements includes corrupt police agents, illegality enthusiast soldiers, an electric company employee prone to extortion who can’t pronounce the "r", a Special Forces policeman who dreams to become a chalga star, clumsy and friendly mobsters, an incompetent bailiff... And a large bunch. This huge number of people suddenly appearing in his life leads him to desperation and madness.
Operation "Shmenti Kapeli" is a very entertaining now-a-days comedy telling just a tragic story, wether the main question is to laugh or mourn when watching the hard truth revealed. The film eloquently shows almost all problems of life in Bulgaria, mixing the use of action and absurd comedy tricks (unfortunately very realistic absurd for the watcher). Only under the protective cloak of humour, there isn’t any risk of mental disorder, such as the protagonist of the film suffers.
Twisting, sarcasm, shootings and explosions are inside the film, and action proportion increases as well as protagonist problems.
There is a nice and sweet side of the story, brought by characters like Eugene and Kalina, two citizens in love fighting against this hard life everyday; or the three policemen encharged of the investigation, whose behavior is always headed by honesty and loyalty; or Tatko, Luybev’s fellow living in the dark side but remaining friend of the one who saved his life and his family’s.
Operation "Shmenti Kapeli" is a story about the secrets of the powerful people which can’t be hidden from the weak people, a clever view about what happened along the last 20 years in the Bulgarian society, but it couldn’t understand.
* NOTE: The film won the Audience Award in the 2011 Zlatna Roza Bulgarian Film Festival.
OPERATION SHMENTI KAPELI - Video Clip O.S.T.
OPERATION SHMENTI KAPELI - First Official Trailer
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OPERATION SHMENTI KAPELI - New Official Trailer