feature, HD, 100 minutes
drama black comedy
PREMIER (HUNGARY): 2013.
Death does not select, man does. – Set in Budapest, Heavenly Shift offers an eerie insight into the everyday lives of a rather extraordinary ambulance crew.
The film’s main character is Milan, a young refugee from the Balkan War, who joins a team of paramedics but inadvertently ends up involved in the funeral business in order to finance his fiancée’s rescue from the hostilities.
MILÁN (András Ötvös) the half Serbian, half Hungarian guy deserts from the Croatian army in 1992, the second year of the Yugoslav war and escapes from Yugoslavia to Hungary. As a former medical student he gets a job for himself at the Hungarian paramedics. He has two unalterable, steady collegues on the emergency ambulance: KISTAMÁS (Tamás Keresztes), the driver of the ambulance and DOCTOR FÉK (Roland Rába), the chief of the paramedic crew. It is a cold shower for the young enthusiastic and conscientious EMS assistant when he realizes that his companions make a selection from the patients. While they are saving lives, sometimes they allow old people or mortally ill to die, or indeed it occurs that their death is hurried by them. MILÁN soon finds out that there is a business side to the illegal euthanasy events taken place at the back of their ambulance. In order to finance his fiancée’s rescue from the war, MILÁN needs money, so he makes a deal with his companions. He gradually becomes involved in the horrors and sin. While he is turning into a skilled paramedic, and lives through the euphoric moments of lifesaving, he recognises innumerable faces of Death.
2014 - Los Angeles Hungarian Film Festival: Best First Film
|Dániel Reich||Director of photography|
|Gábor Valcz||Visual design|
|Unio Film||Production company|
|András Ötvös, Roland Rába, Tamás Keresztes, Sándor Zsótér, Natasa Stork||Cast|
|Luxembourg CinÉast - 2013||Special Prize|
|Porto FANTASPORTO - 2014||Manoel de Oliveira Award for the Best Feature Film in Directors' Week|
|Ljutomer Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival - 2014||Vicious Cat Award for Best Feature Film|
|Warsaw International Film Festival - 2013||(in competition)|
|Valladolid International Film Festival - 2013||(in competition)|
|Brussels BIFFF - 2014||(in competition)|
|Vilnius International Film Festival - 2014|
|Porto Alegre Fantaspoa - 2014|
|Cluj-Napoca Transilvania - 2014|
|Palic International Film Festival - 2014|
|London Raindance Film Festival - 2014||(in competition)|
|Helsinki Love & Anarchy International Film Festival - 2014|
|Cluj-Napoca Comedy Cluj - 2014||(in competition)|
|Taipei Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival - 2015|
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