Co-written and Directed by by Danish Filmmaker Anders Walter, HELIUM is a poignant OSCAR WINNING Short Film that tells the story of Alfred (Pelle Falk Krusbaek), a terminally ill boy who is waiting to die.
Enzo (Casper Crump), is an offbeat hospital janitor who takes a liking to Alfred – perhaps reminding Enzo of his brother who passed away as a young boy. Enzo strikes up a heartwarming friendship and bond with Alfred – through stories about Helium – a magical fantasy world that represents Heaven.
Alfred’s Nurse (Marijana Jankovic) befriends Enzo and must decide if she will jeopardize her job at the hospital – to allow Enzo to see Alfred one last time.
A visually stunning film, the heart wrenching subject of a dying child is met head on with hope.
Helium is a magical place – and nothing to be afraid of. When Alfred says he’ll miss his parents, Enzo beautifully shares that relatives that have gone before him – will meet him there. Enzo’s stories are so vividly told to the young dying boy, it enables him to let go of fear – and imagine the beauty of where he is going.
This tender and beautifully acted film reminds us how precious compassion and hope is – for all of us.
This film is a gift to terminally ill children and their parents. It takes a bleak sense of dread and turns it into love.
HELIUM makes you smile – instead of cry – when hope conquers despair.