Beautiful Something Left Behind

Katrine Philp, Denmark, 2020

90 min.DK/Documentary

Life-affirming and profound, the film captures the heartbreaking, mundane and even the funny moments in the lives of several young children who have recently lost one or both parents. The Good Grief community in New Jersey focuses on a holistic approach to mourning, where children can give in to rage in ‘the volcano room’ or say goodbye to a dying teddy bear patient in ‘the hospital room.’ Over the course of a year, we get close to Kimmy, Nicky, Peter, Nora, Nolan and Mikayla along with their constant companion, grief, as they attend their weekly group meetings at Good Grief, practice small rituals to remember their loved ones, and go about the daily work of living.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Beautiful Something Left Behind
Danish title Bag skyerne
Keywords USA, New Jersey, Grief therapy, Children, 2020-2030
Director Katrine Philp
Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Director of Photography Adam Philp
Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Sound Thomas Jæger
Composer Povl Kristian
Appearance Peter J. Gonzales III, Charles Collins, Tanika Dowdell, Barbara Collins
Production country Denmark
International sales DR International Sales
Online release 22.01.2021, Filmcentralen
Comment Katrine Philp's films include 'False Confessions' (2018), 'Home Sweet Home' (2015) and the Emmy-nominated 'Dance with Me' (2012).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company
Executive Producer Good Company Pictures
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR, Dansk Skuespillerforbund, Statens Kunstfond, Women Make Movies, Independent Filmmaker Project


Direction Katrine Philp


Producer Katrine A. Sahlstrøm
Producer's assistant Maria Helga Stürup
Production assistant Stina Moe Larsen
Production assistant Cecilie Knudsen
Impact producer Mette Bjerregaard
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen
Executive producer Kaspar Astrup Schröder
Executive producer Patricia Drati
Executive producer Boris Benjamin Bertram


Cinematographer Adam Philp
2nd cinematographer Katrine Philp


Editor Signe Rebekka Kaufmann
Editing supervisor Theis Schmidt


Composer Povl Kristian


Sound engineer Thomas Jæger
Sound Editing Kristoffer Salting
Mixer Thomas Jæger
Mixer Kristoffer Salting
Foley artist Catrine le Dous

Visual effects

Colourist Kaj Ivanovic
Graphic design Silke Brandes
Online Sebastian Anton Munk
VFX Martin Munck Schmidt


Appearance Peter J. Gonzales III
Appearance Charles Collins
Appearance Tanika Dowdell
Appearance Barbara Collins
Appearance Nora Wood
Appearance Nolan Wood
Appearance Emily Kapferer
Appearance Mason John Kendorski
Appearance Mikayla Mason
Appearance Angela Mason
Appearance Sybil Alexander
Appearance Kimmy Kisella
Appearance Nicky Kisella
Appearance Kimberly Kisella

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Honorable Mention 2020 Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2020
Documentary Jury Prize 2020 Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2020 online 2020

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2021-09-03
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2021-05-10
New York, DOC NYC Film Festival 2020-11-11
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2020-11-03
Bergen International Film festival 2020-10-07
Haifa International Film Festival 2020-10-03
Reykjavik Film Festival 2020-09-24
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2020-09-17
Austin, SXSW Film Festival 2020-03-13
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