EN - Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased soldier Nathan Rijckx collects shadows of dying men and women to buy back his own second chance at life. Obsessed by a girl he met the moment before he died, the thought of seeing his beloved again drives the soldier to regain access to the world of the living. But when he discovers that she’s already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him toward a bitter decision, a decision not without its consequences…
NL - Gevangen in een duister limbo tussen leven en dood, verzamelt Nathan Rijckx, een gestorven soldaat schaduwen van stervende mannen en vrouwen om een tweede kans op leven terug te verdienen. Geobsedeerd door het beeld van een meisje dat hij ontmoette het moment voor hij stierf, drijft de gedachte om z’n geliefde terug te zien hem om de weg naar de wereld van de levenden te heropenen. Maar wanneer hij ontdekt dat deze mysterieuze vrouw al verliefd is op iemand anders, wordt hij overmand door jaloezie die hem tot een duistere beslissing drijft, een beslissing die niet zonder gevolgen zal blijken…
FR - Le soldat Nathan Rijckx est mort. Son ombre est prisonnière d'un étrange collectionneur qui lui a donné une seconde chance : sa vie contre 10 000 ombres capturées. C'est l'amour qui le guide, car son but est de revoir Sarah, la femme dont il est tombé amoureux. Nathan a déjà capturé 9998 ombres…
|Title||Death of a Shadow|
|Original title||Dood van een Schaduw|
|Original version||French, Dutch|
|Year of production||2012|
|Cast||Matthias Schoenaerts, Laura Verlinden, Peter Van Den Eede, Benjamin Ramon|
|Photography||Stijn Van Der Veken|
|Sound||Yves De Mey|
|Art director||Erwan Le Floc'h|
|Co-producers||Isabelle Mathy, Delphine Schmitt|
|Visual effects||Digital Graphics|
|Executive producer||Ellen De Waele|
|Running time film||20'18"|
|Sound format||Dolby Digital|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Région Champagne-Ardennes, Mollywood, Sabam|
|Production partners||Perspective Films, Digital Graphics, Mollywood, The Belgian Tax Shelter|
(2012) (4 June – 9 June) 20th Le Court En Dit Long (France)
(2012) (6 September – 13 September) 16th L.A. Shortsfest (USA)
(2012) (26 September – 5 Oktober) 32nd Nederlands Film Festival (Netherlands)
(2012) (9 October – 20 October) 39th Ghent International Film Festival (Belgium)
(2012) (20 October – 27 October) 57th Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain)
(2012) (25 October – 31 October) 3rd Samain Du Cinéma Fantastique (France)
(2012) (8 November – 18 November) 21st St. Louis International Film Festival (USA)
(2012) (12 November – 15 November) 13th Sleepwalkers Student & Short Film Festival (Black Night) (Estonia)
(2012) (16 November – 25 November) 2nd Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (France)
(2012) (16 November – 25 November) 33rd Festival Du Film Court De Villeurbanne (France)
(2012) (1 December – 8 December) 18th International Short Film Festival Leuven (Belgium)
(2012) (6 September – 13 September) 16th L.A. Shortsfest (USA) Winner: Best Of The Fest (Oscar Qualifier) (by winning this prize, the film became part of the long list for the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film
(2012) (20 October – 27 October) 57th Seminci - Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain) International Competition - Winner: Best European Short/EFA Award (Nomination For European Film Awards) (by winning this prize, the film is nominated for the European Film Awards of 2013
(2012) (25 October – 31 October) 3rd Samain Du Cinéma Fantastique (France) Winner: Audience Award
Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow has been awarded the Silver Meliès at the Leeds International Short Film Festival, making it an official candidate for the Meliès d’Or competition, taking place at the film festival of Sitges next October.
Van Avermaet attended the Leeds International Film Festival being invited as a jury member for the Short Film City competitions, including the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince and World Animation sections.
Jonas Baeckeland’s Prey, Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar-nominated short Death of a Shadow and Hans Vercauter’s Montreal-winnerWolf’s Milk are to be presented at the Raindance Film Festival in Londen. Hisko Hulsing’s Junkyard, a coproduction with Flanders, was also added to the festival’s slate. Raindance presents the most promising new filmmakers from September 25 till October 6.
After selections at the Brussels Film Festival and the LA Shorts Fest, Jonas Baeckeland’s short film Prey is to be screened at the Raindance Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading independent film festivals.
By winning the Grand Prix at the Sapporo Shorts Fests in Japan earlier this week, Tom Van Avermaet can put award number 25 on his mantelpiece for his short film Death of a Shadow. The film, which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Short beginning of this year, is also nearing its 100th festival selection.
Last September, Death of a Shadow scooped its first award at the LA Shorts Fest where it was handed the Best of the Fest Prize. The kudo immediately qualified the short as an Oscar-contender after which invitations kept on rolling in. Up until now, Death of a Shadowhas secured a total of 25 international awards and special mentions.
Three short films from Flanders were honoured at the HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood last week. Jan and Raf Roosens’ short Skunk (Rotkop) was awarded Best Drama, while Crossroads by Wouter Bouvijn went home with the Best International Award. Tom Van Avermaet’s Oscar-nominated short Death of a Shadow received the Hollyshorts Special Jury Award. The HollyShorts Film Festival (15-22 August) annually showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe.
During the festival’s awards ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel Ballroom in Hollywood, Jan and Raf Roosens’ short film Skunk was laureled as Best Drama. An 18-minute film, it features Olli, a lonely teenage skunk who spends his days hanging around the park, making trouble whenever he can.
The Oscar nomination for Death of a Shadow is opening doors for producer Ellen De Waele, attracting new talent and bringing offers for international co-productions. Meanwhile her company, Serendipity Films, is about to release its first fiction feature, 82 Days in April. ‘It’s a very exciting time,’ she says. ‘We hope to start developing more projects, to grow and also be more active on the international level. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.’
Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Bart Dewaele
De Waele studied journalism and anthropology, but found neither entirely satisfying. Journalism was too shallow and the immersion required for field anthropology was too intense. So she set out to explore the possibilities of using visual means to popularise anthropology.
Last edited on 2 August 2013