Oscar 2007: Shadows

“Shadows,” written and directed by Milcho Manchevski, is an official entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.

If we were to choose one man whos got everything going for him, Lazar Perkov would be an excellent choice. Hes young, good-looking, has a beautiful wife, lovely boy, great house and a good job as a hospital physician. In fact, everyone calls him “Lucky.”

Nothings missing–except maybe Lucky himself, whos always trying to live up to the expectations of others like his bored wife and roguish colleagues. Above all, his famous physician mother, a driven woman who rose from obscurity to renown with an iron will that crushed all resistance, whether from the living or the dead. When Lucky is involved in a disastrous car crash and mysteriously saved from a sure death, his life begins to change.

“Shadows” is a film about sex and death, and a few important things in between–a story of what happens if lady Macbeth had lived today and survived to have a grown-up son. This man, Lazar, would try to come to terms with her overbearing presence and her transgressions of the past. Scary, but offering no cheap thrills, sound bites nor easy solutions,

“Shadows” is about a man trying to have a dialogue with the dead and becoming more alive for that experience.

Credits

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

Starring Borce Nacev & Vesna Stanojevska

Running Time: 120 mins