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Shadows

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Shadows (Senki)

Shadows (Senki)

original title:

SENKI

directed by:

cinematography:

set design:

costume design:

producer:

Milcho Manchevski, Amedeo Pagani, Gerardo Herrero, Corinna Mehner, Nermin Gladers, Martin Husmann, Dimitar Gochev, Mariela Besuievsky

production:

Classic, Senka DOOEL Film Production, Blue Eyes Fiction GmbH & Co., Camera Ltd., Toransol Films

country:

F.Y.R.ofM./Germany/Italy/Bulgaria/Italy

year:

2007

film run:

120'

format:

35mm - colour

aspect ratio:

1:1.85

sound:

Dolby Digital

Lazar Perkov is a man with everything going for him. Young and good-looking, he has a beautiful wife and child, a house and a good job. His nickname is “Lucky,” but something important seems to be missing from his existence. He is constantly trying to live up to the expectations of a demanding mother and a bored spouse. After he barely survives a serious accident, his life changes in unforeseen ways.
He enters into a series of encounters with people who seem to die over and over again: a man with a baby, an old lady speaking an indecipherable foreign dialect and a strikingly seductive young woman. Their only message is “Return what is not yours. Have respect.” As these ghostly apparitions haunt his dreams and invade his waking life, Lazar gradually intuits that they are souls from the afterlife looking for peace. Or perhaps they are figments of his imagination? But why have they chosen him? Lazar seeks out a professor of linguistics as he determines to get to the root of the strange language that the older woman keeps muttering. The professor is away at a conference, but his wife is eager to help – and Lazar soon finds himself involved in a perplexing relationship with this woman, whose life is also an enigma. Meanwhile, his neighbours come and go, people appear only to vanish again, and his wife seems indifferent to his fate as she dallies with a lover on a seaside vacation with their child.