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Almost Heaven

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Ying Ling is away from home 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. With intimate access and moments of humour, we follow Ying Ling as she learns about life while surrounded by death.
Official Selection Berlinale 2017 - Generation 14plus - World premiere

Details

Year
2017
Type of film
Features
Running Time
72 mins
Format
HD
Director
Carol Salter 1st Feature
Producer
Carol Salter
Executive Producer
Elhum Shakerifar
Editor
Cinzia Baldessari, Hoping Chen, Rodrigo Saquel
Director of Photography
Carol Salter
Sound
Peter Hodges
Music
Terence Dunn
Sound Designer
Raoul Brand
Film Image
© Carol Salter

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Last updated 15th March 2018

Production Company

Rocksalt Films
Carol Salter
rocksaltfilms@gmail.com

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Company

Rocksalt Films
Carol Salter
rocksaltfilms@gmail.com

Hakawati (UK sales)
Elhum Shakerifar
info@hakawati.co.uk