Shadows (2007 film)
|Directed by||Milcho Manchevski|
|Produced by||Milcho Manchevski
|Written by||Milcho Manchevski|
|Music by||Ryan Shore
(additional music by Kiril Džajkovski)
|Editing by||David Ray
|Distributed by||Bavaria Film International|
|Running time||120 minutes|
Shadows (Macedonian: Сенки, Transliteration: Senki) is a 2007 film from the Republic of Macedonia. The film was directed, produced and written by Milcho Manchevski. It was filmed on location in both Skopje, Ohrid and several other locations in the Republic of Macedonia.
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Lazar Perkov or Laki is an orthopaedic specialist at the State Hospital in Skopje. His mother, Dr. Vera Perkova is the Orthopaedic clinic's director.
The action begins at Lazar's home where he has a fight with his wife about how messed up his life was. Pissed off from the fight, he goes for a drive. When trying to light a cigarette in his car, without having the seatbelt on, his phone rings — it is his mother. Then the cigarette falls from his mouth in the desperate attempt to grab his mobile phone on the seat next to him, burning him on the arm. Now he loses control over the car, but meanwhile a woman is crossing the road. Lazar's attempt to avoid hitting her is fatal. His car flips, and crashes until he is found hanging off the car's window whose glass had broken in the crash. The slow movement on the car resting off a building's wall is threatening to crush his dangling head. As all of the people on the streets watch in despair, something moves him away from the car.
|Borče Nacev||Dr. Lazar Perkov|
|Sabina Ajrula-Tozija||Dr. Vera Perkova|
|Vladimir Jacev||Dr. Shishkin|
|Dime Iliev||Ignjat Perkov|
- Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Actress (Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows)
- Golden Ladybug, 2008: Best Music Video (Jungle Shadow in Shadows)
- Park City Film Music Festival, 2008: Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, Ryan Shore, composer
- Syracuse Film Festival, 2008: Best Actress, Vesna Stanojevska in Shadows
The music was composed by Ryan Shore.
The film has premiered at several international film festivals, the first being the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was well received with one of the festival's film critics calling it "Manchevski’s most ambitious film to date". Other critics, such as Patrick McGavin of Screen Daily, called it “ambitious and capably mounted […] (Manchevski) retains a very fine eye for composition, aided by the sensuous, beautiful work of Italian cinematographer Fabio Cianchetti. The movie's standout quality is the sexy, revealing work of the vibrant, highly alluring young actress Vesna Stanojevska, a professional musician making her film debut. She injects the film with an erotic intensity”.
|Canada||September 9, 2007|
|Macedonia||November 2, 2007|
|Taiwan||November 24, 2007|
- Bavaria Film International Website
- Stylus Magazine Review
- Stylus Magazine Review
- Senki (Shadows) at the Internet Movie Database
- Senki (Shadows) at allmovie
- Manchevski's Shadowsby Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins, January 2009
- "Shadows" (review )by Andrew Schenker, January 28, 2009, Slant Magazine
- Normalnost Balkana by Dragan Jurak, Feral Tribune, 23. 05. 2008 (in Croatian)