Can you die in Heaven

Erlend E. Mo, Denmark, 2005

57 min.DK/DocumentaryChildren's films

Jonathan is 11 years old and ponders a great deal over things, much more than most children his age. When Jonathan was 8 years old his father committed suicide. To Jonathan the suicide was a great shock, as his father never talked about his problems. Not long after the suicide, Jonathan is diagnosed with bone cancer and is forced into a long period of illness and treatment. With courage, humour, vitality, and frankness, Jonathan, his mother, and two brothers, pull together to work their way through grief and illness. With sympathetic insight, the director, Erlend Mo, has followed the family's mental and physical struggle for over a year.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Kan man dø i himlen
Danish title Kan man dø i himlen
Keywords Family life, Cancer, Treatment for diseases, Grief
Director Erlend E. Mo
Screenplay Erlend E. Mo
Director of Photography Erlend E. Mo, Casper Høyberg
Editor Åsa Mossberg
Appearances Jonathan Sandberg, Susanne Sandberg, Tue Sandberg, Rasmus Sandberg
Production country Denmark
Production company Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales TV 2 World / Teglholm Allé 16 / 2450 København SV / t +45 6521 2223 / f +45 6521 4199 / sales@tv2.dk / www.tv2world.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 1,75:1 - Widescreen, color, Sound
Danish theatrical release 02.03.2005
Cinemas Cinemateket
TV release 14.04.2006, TV 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Erlend E. Mo


Script Erlend E. Mo


Cinematography Erlend E. Mo
Cinematography Casper Høyberg


Stills Fie Johansen
Stills Erlend E. Mo


Editing Åsa Mossberg


Appearance Jonathan Sandberg
Appearance Susanne Sandberg
Appearance Tue Sandberg
Appearance Rasmus Sandberg

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Gold Dok Best Children's Doc 2005 CPH:DOX 2005
Gold Dok Best Sound 2005 CPH:DOX 2005
Best Film, Youth Jury 2005 Odense Internationale Film Festival 2005

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2006-04-25
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2006-01-25
Lübeck, Nordische Filmtage 2005-11-03
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2005-08-11
Malmö, BUFF 2005-03-08
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