Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven

A grandfather bequeaths a profound secret to his grandson

Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren

16 minutes

Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven

  • The relationship between a remarkably perceptive young boy and his wise, bedridden grandfather overflows with humour, warmth and love. They share jokes, talk love, sex and politics, and enjoy each other’s company as only best friends can. As the old man senses that he has reached the end of his days, he takes his grandson into the forest in search of chanterelles, an expedition that offers the boy more than he realizes at first as he learns the secrets to finding and cooking the delicate mushrooms. With a light touch and an extraordinary sense for the fleeting moments in life, the film offers a moving reflection on being young and being old, and living and dying.

  • Director Biography:

    Åsa Blanck works as a director and producer.

    After managing to burn down (accidentally) his furniture manufacturing workshop in 1990, Johan Palmgren began making 16mm films with the insurance money he received from the incident. Since then he has spent almost all his time producing films in one way or another. His films have played in festivals around the world and his most recent, The Flogsta Roar, was nominated for an International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Short award in 2013. He often works with Åsa Blanck and Petter Brundell.

  • Director: Åsa Blanck, Johan Palmgren
  • Producer: Åsa Blanck
  • Editor: Petter Brundell
  • Cinematographer: Johan Palmgren
  • Original Music: David Ricci

  • Running Time: 16 minutes
  • Language: Swedish

Add your own review…

  • robertinjapan

    Some try to consider how we can be challenged by – as well as take comfort from – the ‘impermanence of things.’ For many it’s precious to awaken us to the present moment and realisation that life is only in the present moment.

  • tomi

    I Loved my grandfather more than anything like this perceptive boy did to his grandfather; however, I was not there when he died. My grandfather was wise and he used to tell me stories from the old times. He loved playing with words and he used to catch me when I applied words in a wrong manner. Watching this marvelous film, I wished I had been there with my grandfather when he died.

  • Anthony Nuccio

    As Gary said, I did not really know either of my grandfathers as well. My mother’s father died when I was around 2 or 3, and my father’s father died when I was 6 years old. However, after viewing this film, I hope to be this great of a grandfather towards my grandchildren when the time comes.

  • Gary Fike

    I didn’t know either of my grandfathers. This film makes me wish I had.