SYRFILMFEST at ArtRage
September 17, 2011 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
THE MAN WHO KNEW HOW TO FLY
directed by Robi Michael (USA) Fiction, 24 min
(Official Selection – SYR FILMFEST’11)
Mr. Tomasek was walking back from work when he suddenly remembered a dream. In it, he pushed with his left foot, and at that very second he started flying effortlessly across the sky. Mr. Tomasek looked around him. Nobody was following him. He moved his legs a little, as if he were riding a bicycle, and in an instant he rose to a height of 30 feet. Flying seemed to him self evident and caused a feeling of untold pleasure, yet it was somewhat ridiculous that nobody before him had tried it. Mr. Tomasek realized the potential of self propelled human flight, but he also feared the repercussions. He needed to share his discovery, but had no idea how he should make it available to the public at large. The next day he stepped into his boss’s office. Mr. Witta was the company’s Patent expert, which made him the perfect confidant for the big secret. It was not easy to convince him, but once Mr. Tomasek demonstrated his ability there was little doubt left. Mr. Witta promptly scheduled a panel of experts to examine the extraordinary ability. Demonstrating the flight in the presence of distinguished experts proved much more difficult then anticipated. It is hard to explain a simple dream to a group of geniuses that obviously know so much more then you do. Indeed fear can paralyze one’s body. Making it that much harder to take flight.
TO CATCH A BILLIONAIRE
directed by Tomas Vorel (Czech Republic) Fiction 96min
(Winner – SYRFILMFEST’10)
A cheeky comedy from director Tomas Vorel. Everyone longs to catch a billionaire – the police, reporters, politicians, artists, ladies and even the clergy. A report is fabricated accusing a successful businessman, Patrik Grossmann, of racism. When the media launches a full-blown campaign against him, the atmosphere gets so thick
that anyone can kick him while he’s down just to prove their morality. Grossmann’s demise seems inevitable until he gets an idea: Buy a TV station and get the public opinion on his side. Let the comedy begin.