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The Discovery Of Heaven

The Discovery Of Heaven“God has a problem — he wants the
  original Ten Commandments back,
  but as no Angel is allowed to go to Earth
  to get them the Angels have to arrange
  for a special being to be created who is
  capable of the task in this enjoyably
  oddball film, The Discovery Of Heaven
...

DISAPPOINTED WITH MAN, God decides to take back the Ten Commandments. No Angel is allowed to set foot on Earth, so The Discovery Of Heaven follows The Angels' plans to create a being astute enough to find the Stone Tablets and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order return them to Heaven. The Angel Gabriel (Jeroen Krabbe) is supervising and he and another Angel known only as Angel (Viv Weatherall) have been working on the project for over ninety Earth years.

The Angels will stop at nothing to get The Covenant back to God — including interfering in the lives (and arranging deaths) of mortals and even arranging the First World War in order to get the two sets of grandparents of the future child together to get the right genes and the right DNA and to start the preparations.

Apparently by coincidence, on Earth Max Delius (Greg Wise) — an astronomer who believes he is on the brink of discovering Heaven and who is the son of a Nazi father and a Jewish mother — meets former Prime Minister's son Onno Quist (Stephen Fry: Wilde). Onno is an eccentric linguist who has just been awarded an honorary university doctorate for deciphering the Etruscan language. He has a possible career mapped out in Politics and wants to discover life.

Astounded to find out that they were both born in November 1933 and appear to have been conceived on the same day, Onno and Max declare themselves 'Cosmic Twins' and quickly become close and inseparable friends.

Into their lives comes Ada Brons (Flora Montgomery), an accomplished young cello player. Max falls in love with her and she moves in with him. Onno already has a girlfriend, Helga (Emma Fielding) but when Max goes away (at the secret instigation of The Angels) to find out more about his father — who betrayed his mother to the Nazis and was himself executed when Max was 12 years old — he returns to find that Ada has moved in with Onno.

Ada is asked to perform in Havana, where she becomes pregnant, but she is not sure whether Onno or Max is the father. Still The Angels scheme to produce their Envoy and they cause a series of misfortunes and tragedies as they bring about the birth of the blond-haired, lapis lazuli blue-eyed child, Quinten.

The boy rapidly begins to develop as a very special and very gifted child who hears voices and sees the spirit of a dead racehorse. But is he the chosen one and will he be able to complete The Angels' task? How will he find The Ten Commandments where so many others have failed?

The Angels live in Heaven in a Gothic structure where Ravens are their companions. The Discovery Of Heaven is an intriguing and extraordinary story that is skilfully woven around the suspect machinations of Heavenly beings and the disasters they wreak on Earth as they try to control Man. From Holland, Quinten finds himself in Italy and then in Jerusalem where he has a most startling revelation. It is fantastic, but you need to watch this film with an open mind.

The Discovery Of Heaven also features Diana Quick as Sophia Brons; Harry Landis as Poet/Guide Ibraham; Maureen Lipman as Angel 1; and John Franklyn Robbins as Onno's Father. The film is Produced by Ate de Jong; The Screenplay is by Edwin de Vries; and the Director is Jeroen Krabbe, who also plays The Angel Gabriel. The Discovery Of Heaven is based on the novel by Harry Mulisch. The film was also the 'Best Screenplay of a Feature Film' winner at the 2002 Netherlands Film Festival.

The Discovery Of Heaven will be released on DVD by Eureka Entertainment on 24 November 2008. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 127 Minutes | RRP: £15.99 | Extras: Extra Visual Effects Material | Deleted Scenes and Trailer.

"The Discovery Of Heaven is an intriguing and extraordinary story that is skilfully woven around the suspect machinations of Heavenly beings and the disasters they wreak on Earth as they try to control Man… It is fantastic, but you need to watch this film with an open mind" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar