Death does not select, man does. – Set in Budapest, Heavenly Shift offers an eerie insight into the everyday lives of a rather extraordinary ambulance crew.
The film’s main character is Milan, a young refugee from the Balkan War, who joins a team of paramedics but inadvertently ends up involved in the funeral business in order to finance his fiancée’s rescue from the hostilities.
MILÁN (András Ötvös) the half Serbian, half Hungarian guy deserts from the Croatian army in 1992, the second year of the Yugoslav war and escapes from Yugoslavia to Hungary. As a former medical student he gets a job for himself at the Hungarian paramedics. He has two unalterable, steady collegues on the emergency ambulance: KISTAMÁS (Tamás Keresztes), the driver of the ambulance and DOCTOR FÉK (Roland Rába), the chief of the paramedic crew. It is a cold shower for the young enthusiastic and conscientious EMS assistant when he realizes that his companions make a selection from the patients. While they are saving lives, sometimes they allow old people or mortally ill to die, or indeed it occurs that their death is hurried by them. MILÁN soon finds out that there is a business side to the illegal euthanasy events taken place at the back of their ambulance. In order to finance his fiancée’s rescue from the war, MILÁN needs money, so he makes a deal with his companions. He gradually becomes involved in the horrors and sin. While he is turning into a skilled paramedic, and lives through the euphoric moments of lifesaving, he recognises innumerable faces of Death.
Director: Márk Bodzsár
Screenplay: Márk Bodzsár
Director of photography: Dániel Reich
Editor: Zoltán Kovács
Music: Gábor Keresztes
Sound: Tamás Dévényi
Visual design: Gábor Valcz
Costumes: János Breckl
Producer: István Bodzsár
Production company: Unio Film
Cast: András Ötvös, Roland Rába, Tamás Keresztes, Sándor Zsótér,Natasa Stork
2014 – Brussels BIFFF (in competition)
2014 – Cluj-Napoca Transilvania
2014 – Ljutomer Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival (in competition)
2014 – Palic International Film Festival
2014 – Porto Alegre Fantaspoa
2014 – Porto FANTASPORTO (in competition)
2014 – Vilnius International Film Festival
2013 – Luxembourg CinÉast (in competition)
2013 – Valladolid International Film Festival (in competition)
2013 – Warsaw International Film Festival (in competition)