JOURNEY TO ROME

CESTA DO ŘÍMA

By Tomasz MIELNIK

BACKGROUND FILMS - as PROD

Comedy - Completed 2015

A shy watchman is sent out with a stolen masterpiece on a smuggler’s journey that unexpectedly becomes a spiritual adventure. On the train he encounters not only various stories from the dream interpreting passengers, but also himself.

Festivals
& Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2015
East of the West Competition
Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2015
PÖFF's Vitamin Boost
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Comedy, First film, Art - Culture
    • Countries
    • CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND
    • Languages
    • CZECH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tomasz MIELNIK
    • Writer(s)
    • Tomasz MIELNIK
    • Producer(s)
    • Mikulas NOVOTNY (Background Films), Weronika CZOŁNOWSKA (EasyBusyProductions)
    • Synopsis
    • The day’s work never ends for a guard worth his salt, even when the gallery closes at seven. And Vašek is a perfect example, at least until he meets Ginger – a femme fatale who has her own plans where he’s concerned. Love turns this nice lad into a thief: armed with a false moustache, sunglasses and a stolen painting, he gets on a train and it remains to be seen whether or not his journey to Rome is paved with good intentions. The train compartment is full of passengers keen to impart their life stories – to him or to anyone who’ll listen. The withdrawn young man pays close attention to it all, even though he has plenty to worry about as it is. The police and a bunch of crooks are hot on his heels and it’s difficult trying to give them the slip with a hefty painting in tow. Spiritual comedy, railroad movie, a polemic on our journey through life – Tomasz Mielnik’s feature debut is all these. This wide-ranging, highly stylised story filled with references to film classics uses hyperbole to ask, “What, in fact, is the meaning of life?”
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