It is the sequel to the Academy Award Nominated Swedish film, As It Is In Heaven, which followed the story of internationally renowned conductor Daniel Daréus. A gifted but eccentric and troubled soul, Daniel abandons the limelight for the solitude of his childhood village, where he falls in love with a bubbly soprano called Lena. Daniel's life goal had been to "create music that will open a person's heart". Inspiring the village choir to create harmony with their voices and with their lives, the film follows the deeply personal struggles of the villagers. Tragically, Daniel dies at the end of the film.
Director Kay Pollak delivers an equally as powerful a sequel. As It Is In Heaven 2: Heaven on Earth tells the story of Lena and the illegitimate love child she conceived shortly before Daniel's death. Lena seeks to uphold Daniel's legacy by bringing joy into people's hearts through music. She rallies her small community in Ljusåker, a northern Swedish village, to perform at the opening of a renovated church. Lena encounters immense prejudice in her journey but is determined to overcome the obstacles of narrow mindedness to honour Daniel's legacy. Superb performances by the key characters lead the viewer through scenes that cut right to the bone, and through those which fill the heart with warmth and the eyes with tears.
Directed again by Kay Pollak, the film screened as part of the Scandinavian Film Festival and is again showing at Cinema Paradiso until the 24th August 2016.
The sequel to the Academy Award nominated film by Kay Pallak Source: www.Rialto.co.nz