Stuck in a limbo between life and death, Nathan Rijckx, a deceased World War I soldier, has to collect shadows to regain a second chance at life and love. With two shadows left to collect, he discovers something that shakes his world completely.
As a director (and a spectator) I’ve always been fascinated by stories that give the possibility to surpass a normal reality and by doing so create their own, surreal universe. Especially the symbolism and the mystic, metaphysical meaning people give to normal concepts like ‘death’ and ‘love’ have always greatly inspired my imagination. A figure that has been treated sometimes a little too much like a cliché is the proverbial man with the scythe aka ‘death’. When, after completing my first short film ‘Dreamtime’, I began to think about a next project, it seemed like a perfect challenge to try and find a new, poetic reality around the concept of this figure.
My death is a collector of shadows, a possessor of moments more than a guide to one or more hereafters. His collection is endless, but each and every element remains unique and beautiful in its tragedy of loss.
Shadows have always visually intrigued me as well and I found it very logical to bind the concept of the human soul to its unique shadow (an image also explored in one of my favorite Greek myths, Orpheus & Eurydice).
Another element that always fascinated me is the unreachable/tormented love. This is why the main character, a deceased soldier stuck in a unique kind of slavery in service to this ‘collector’, seemed like the ideal victim to have fallen prey to this tragic ‘disease’.
I nonetheless wanted to underline the human aspect of the story and what makes characters more human than their weaknesses and faults, their imperfections, their hate and jealousy towards each other. That’s why I chose to create a love triangle, in which the unknowing ‘object of love’, the unreachable, angelic beauty, is placed squarely between two rivals, even if she’s completely unaware of the situation unfolding around her.
In making this film I was very fortunate to have the help of a wonderful crew & cast. Often people forget that making a film is a team effort and I am forever thankful to all the people that helped (and continue to help) in bringing my ideas and dreams to the big screen, however crazy they might sometimes be.