Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw) (2012)
85th Academy Awards 2013
Nominated for 1 award.
Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film (Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele).
“Death of a Shadow” is an interesting little short that escapes both time and reality. A deceased World War I soldier, Nathan Rijckx (Matthias Schoenaerts) works for a man, stuck in a limbo between life and death, and photographs the dying to be displayed in a gallery of shadows. He works to have a second chance at life and is motivated by a woman he met the day he was killed. Sarah Winters (Laura Verlinden) tried to save his life.
He hates his work, but he is so close to completing it he can hardly stand it. He peruses his options and tries to find the least repulsive death to photograph, while still trying to satisfy his employer’s taste in art and composition. His last picture, however, proves to be very difficult and he must make a decision between his own happiness and that of the woman he is smitten with.
The film is both a period piece and something outside of reality. It is creative and well shot, although it is a lot of story to put into a short. The production value of the short is really astounding. It is very artistic and emotional, however they didn’t completely match the communication of that emotion with the production design. That is a small complaint, however, for such a well made short.