HEAVEN BEHIND THE HOUSE

Novel film. Based on the book by Gaute Heivoll. Won the main prize “Adult Jury First Prize Live Action Short Film” at Chicago International Children Filmfestival in 2011.

 Jon’s mom is dead. Still she always comes to say goodnight when Jon is going to sleep. But one night she doesn’t show. Jon gets scared and can’t sleep. Luckily, Dad has a clever idea. He ties a long, red string around his big toe for Jon to pull if he gets scared. In the middle of the night, Jon wakes up. He pulls the string carefully, but Dad doesn’t reply. Jon gets out of bed and follows the red string out the door. But it doesn’t go to Dad’s bedroom. It leads through the hallway, out the front door, and into the dark woods.