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Almost Heaven

Almost Heaven
Scene from "Almost Heaven" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

Helen has always dreamt of singing at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. She may not have the greatest voice in town, but that isn’t even her biggest problem. Helen only has a few weeks left to live. Since it’s now or never, the young German wants to give it a try – against the wishes of her narrow-minded husband who feels she should spend her last weeks in more dignified surroundings. Decked out in a cowboy hat and boots, she sets off for Nashville – and lands in Jamaica. Wrong plane. Wrong place. Wrong music. She soon ends up in the calculating hands of Rosie, a saucy local whose morals are as skimpy as her skirts. With Rosie’s ”help,“ Helen makes it to Montego Bay, but soon has no money left to leave the island. She has no better luck singing for her supper: a German woman crooning country ballads isn’t exactly what American tourists want in Jamaica. With time running out, Helen begins to let go of her dream and her life. But now it’s Rosie who reaches out and brings her back. For the first time in her life Rosie begins to care for so someone other than herself. And while Little Bay ain’t the Bluebird Café, it’s got the friends and the vibes that mean more to Helen now than anything else.


Ed Herzog was born in Calw in the Black Forest in 1965 and worked as a first aid attendant and as a bartender in Osaka. From 1991-1998, he studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. His films include: Eine Schuerze aus Speck (short, 1994), Happy Weekend (1996), Ku'damm Security (short, 1997), Heaven & Earth (Himmel und Erde, TV, 1999), Bloch (TV, 2001), three episodes of the TV series Der Fahnder (2001), six episodes of The Elephant (2003-2005), and Almost Heaven (2005).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Ed Herzog
Screenplay Paul Herzberg, Ed Herzog
Cinematography Sebastian Edschmid
Uta Schmidt
Stefan Schoenberg
Cast Ivan Shvedoff, Michael Gwisdek, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Carl Bradshaw, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Heike Makatsch
Producers Judy Tossell, Katalin Goedroes
Production Company Egoli Tossell Film/Berlin, in co-production with German Filmproduction GFP/Berlin, Babelsberg Film, Bavaria Film/Geiselgasteig
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Molodist Kiev 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Timebandits Films/Potsdam

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