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Almost Heaven

Year
2017
Country
United Kingdom
Duration
75’
Director
Carol Salter

17-year-old Ying Ling is away from home for the first time and training to become a mortician at one of China's largest funeral homes. Despite her fear of ghosts and dead bodies, she learns the spa rituals; cleaning and massaging the corpses while the grieving families look on. Ying Ling finds solace from her macabre role through her playful banter with another of the young morticians. Together, they spend their time off talking about their hopes, fears and plans for the future. As one of many rural-to-urban teenagers working to support her family, Ying Ling must immerse herself in the surreal and grinding world of China's industrialisation of mortality.

CREW
Director: Carol Salter
Producer: Elhum Shakerifar
Operator: Carol Salter
Editor: Cinzia Baldessari, Hoping Chen, Rodrigo Saquel
Sound: Raoul Brand
Production
Rocksalt Films in association with Postcode films, Carol Salter, +4407961154877, rocksaltfilms@gmail.com
Sales
Taskovski Films, Irena Taskovski, +33679235374, sales@taskovskifilms.com
Awards
2017 – Berlin IFF; British Independent Film Awards, Best Documentary
Director
Carol Salter

Carol Salter is an award winning documentary director specialising in closely observed and intimate portraits of ordinary lives that share universal struggles. She is a graduate from the National Film and TV School (NFTS) with a Fine Art background. Her films have screened worldwide: Berlin IFF, IDFA, Edinburgh FF, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Palm Springs. Her debut feature documentary Almost Heaven premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2017 and was nominated for Best Documentary Award.

 

Filmography

Mayomi (2009), Unearthing the Pen (2009), Almost Heaven (2017)

Red hall
Ukraine cinema
Arkhitektora Horodetskoho St, 5
Q&A with director
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Saturday
24 March 2018
19:00
Blue hall
Ukraine cinema
Arkhitektora Horodetskoho St, 5
Q&A
Original language with English and Ukrainian subtitles
By tickets
Sunday
25 March 2018
17:00
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