Journey to Rome (Cesta do Ríma)


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 10, 2015 5:30 PM
Throckmorton Theatre Mon, Oct 12, 2015 11:45 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:Czech Republic
Running Time:100 min
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Tomasz Mielnik
Producer:Mikulas Novotny
Radim Prochazka
Screenwriter:Tomasz Mielnik
Vit Polacek
Cinematographer:Jan Suster
Editor:Simon Hajek
Cast:Vaclav Hrzina
Berenika Kohoutova
Petr Slavik
Miroslav Donutil
Jan Englert
Print Source:Background Films
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


Temptation never looked so enticing. When a provocative redhead solicits a favor from perpetual underachiever Vasek, she sets him on a train trip that's equal parts art heist, chase movie, and freewheeling meditation on life's mysteries. So begins director Tomasz Mielnik's deadpan deconstruction of faith, tongue firmly planted in cheek as he explores how divining saint from sinner isn't so easy. Departing the Czech Republic incognito, Italy-bound Vasek finds communion with clergy and skeptics, each with wry observations on the nature of belief, and encounters demons dressed as bureaucrats, an entrepreneur who turns water into wine, and a Buddhist enlightenment orgy. With inspirations ranging from Dante to George Gershwin, Mielnik invokes playful surrealism, kitschy cinematic flourishes, and visual tableaus that would make Luis Buñuel proud. The result is a whimsical journey with hellscapes aplenty, but perhaps a miracle or two along the wayall in search of a naïve state of grace.

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Additional Information

Tomasz Mielnik was born in 1980 in Wroclaw, Poland. He studied art history at the University of Wroclaw then moved to Prague, where he completed his film directing course at FAMU with the feature Journey to Rome. During his studies he made several shorts including On Sunday (V nede?li, 2008), Remembering Mother (Vzpomínka na matku, 2008), and Anonymous (Anonym, 2009). His short documentary Conductor (Dyrygent, 2009) came out as a supplement to a monograph on Zygmunt Molik. The film that earned him his bachelor’s degree, Girl 180 (Holka 180, 2010), was shown at festivals around the world. In 2013 Mielnik attended a workshop organized by the International Filmmaking Academy headed by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gian Vittorio Baldi and Abbas Kiarostami.