screenplay and direction: Mirosław Dembiński
photography: Andrzej Musiał
editing: Mirosław Dembiński
2005 / Betacam / 26 min
Janusz Orłowski is 79 years old man, he’s still full of energy and zeal. There wouldn’t be anything special about it, but he flies. He’s a paraglider. The paraglider’s environment is varied very much, but the young people predominate there. The frail, old man doesn’t fit to them, but they have accepted him. Flying is Janusz’s passion. When he’s in the air everything doesn’t matter, he’s just happy. Paragliding demands health, agility and staying in good shape. Grandpa consequently overcomes all the limitations related to his age. The younger friends usually help him, sometimes it happens that he trips or falls over, but it doesn’t discourage him. Just the opposite. Janusz says he will always fly, but with one difference. In the future he will fly “to the land without gravity”, without everyday problems, without any effort.
Special Jury Prize at the
International Free Flight Film Festival in St. Hilaire du Touvet (France) 2005
Audience Prize at the International Free Flight Film Festival in St. Hilaire du Touvet (France) 2005
Best Director Award at the International Mountain Film Festival in Sliven (Bulgaria) 2005
Prize for Best Film on Mountain Sport at the International Banff Mountain Film Festival in Banff (Canada) 2005
Special Mention in “Mountain Adventure” category at the International Mountain Film Festival in Kendal (England) 2005
Prize “Judges Choice” at the International Mountain Film Festival in Kendal (England) 2005
Grand Prix at the Cracow Mountain Film Festival in Cracow (Poland) 2005
Special Mention at „Mountain Sport and Adventure Film” category at the International Mountain Film Festival in Domzale (Slovenia) 2007
A portrayal of a man overwhelmed by passion, who was fighting against his weaknesses where others more physically capable would have given up.
This is not a film
about gliding, but about a man’s life whose passion is gliding. Big respect for
people like Grandpa.
In my eyes he is like a Sisyphus who managed to push his stone on top of the mountain. And he managed to do it with a smile.