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Last Light

A young man must write a suicide letter before his candlelight goes out.

  • Jovan Sarkanjac
    Director
    Ace, Baking Tuesday
  • Jovan Sarkanjac
    Writer
    Ace
  • Ivana Mirchevska
    Producer
  • Lazar Hristov
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Mystery
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jovan Sarkanjac

Jovan (John) has а B.A. in Film and TV Studies from the University of Nottingham. One of the scriptwriters for the children’s television show on "Dajte Muzika", in Macedonia, 2019 who has also done work as a production assistant and script supervisor on several projects.

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Director Statement

Much of the inspiration for this film lies in several years of my life which I spent in an untenable situation a long way away from home. Without such an experience I doubt I would have been able to create this story and for that I am grateful. Last Light is film heavily influenced by the story of Pandora’s Box. Our hero, Paul, inhabits a dark and deeply abstract yet physical space. A surreal nature is suggested by the walls on all four sides and his circling back to the desk. As I see it, he’s not only in the same mythical universe, but also trapped in the mythical box with the voices of evil. For the entire duration of the candlelight, there persist an assurance that Paul will succeed in his endeavor to escape. It is not until the very last moment that we see hope in the form of doubt. For me, hope never goes without doubt. Some, I expect, would find distant resemblance to Sartre's No Exit, and I would agree as far as the atmosphere is concerned. But in this story there is only one character. Here hell is not the Other, but one's own self, a theme becoming more common these days. The Promethean light seen from a different perspective is Pandora's Box in that it shows that in total darkness (ignorance), one can never see the evil and pain in the world.