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
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.’
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.
From April 25 till May 2 three animated as well as three narrative shorts from Flanders are screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival in California. Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s Oh Willy…, Little Ryan by Aad Verstraelen and Hisko Hulsing’sJunkyard, a co-production with Flanders, are in the running for Best Animated Short. The live action short films Dura Lex by Anke Blondé, Death of a Shadow by Tom Van Avermaet and Anthony Schatteman’s Kiss Me Softly were also added to the fest’s official line-up.
Screening in the animation category is Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s much appraised stop motion short Oh Willy… Fifty-something Willy returns to the naturist community where he grew up to visit his dying mother. After her death he flees into the forest in confused sadness where he finds the motherly protection of a big gentle hairy beast.
Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie Romantique, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Offline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.
Both Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.
Tom Van Avermaet was hooked early on by the fantastic stories cinema could tell. Now his fantasy film Death of a shadow has been nominated this year in the live action shorts category of the Academy Awards.
The first time I went to see a film in the cinema, it was to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' he recalls. 'Even then I was fascinated by the effect that seeing a film in a movie theatre had on me.' This connected with his childhood urge to tell stories. 'From that moment on I became a little bit obsessed by the medium of film. I couldn't see myself telling stories in any other way.
The Centre National du Cinéma (CNC), the French governmental institution supporting, promoting and preserving film productions, has awarded Tom Van Avemaet’s short film Death of a Shadow with a ‘Prix de Qualité’. Attached to the quality label comes a cash prize worth 5,000 euros, to be divided among the producers and the director of the film. Another cash prize of 2,000 euros goes to composer Raf Keunen who wrote the original score. Earlier this year Death of a Shadow was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Live Action Film.
By presenting the quality label, the CNC wishes to award artistic and technical performances in short films. Each year, an assembled committee of eight members watches every qualified film and then advises the president of the CNC, who has the final decision.
Last edited on 25 January 2013