The Tough

Poland | 2019 | documentary | 14 min. Short film competition National competition

Marcin Polar's film is a journey into the inside of a mountainous cave, somewhere in the High Tatras. A camera accompanies the main protagonist, Jarosław Surmacz, in discovering this mysterious place. The inaccessible cavern, called the “Tough” by its discoverers, is seen from the perspective of a speleologist. The documentary is not a classic account of an expedition: in an impressionistic way it presents extraordinary efforts made by a man deprived of comforts of civilization and directing his curiosity towards the centre of Earth.

directed by

Marcin Polar Festival guest

Director, cinematographer and photographer. Graduate of the Krakow Film School, fifth-year student of Film Image Production at the Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Director of documentaries, short feature films, music videos and commercials. He has collaborated with many TV stations. He specialises in shooting films in extreme conditions, e.g. underwater or while rock climbing.

Marcin Polar
Marcin Polar
Jarosław Surmacz Festival guest
Michał Fojcik
Aleksandra Gowin
Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński (Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association), Róża Misztela (LeLe Crossmedia Production)
Film screenings:
Friday, May 31 18:30 | Kino Pod Baranami Red Room + meeting with creators:
director Marcin Polar
protagonist Jarosław Surmacz
The Tough