Scene from the film The Tough

The Tough

  • Poland

The Tough carries a lot of meanings: defiant, vicious, resistant, relentless, strong, resilient, cold, hard. The film's protagonist had a good reason to choose this name for his discovery - a place he has to face where he tangibly learns about all those characteristics, and also literally the hard way. It stirs his imagination while abruptly and obsessively pushing him forward. The camera follows him, step by step, taking part in the exploration of spaces never seen before, which increasingly resist the delicate human matter.

The main character of the movie is Jarosław Surmacz, one of the discoverer of Harda (The Tough) Cave in the Tatra Mountains in Poland.


  • Original title
    Harda / ENG version
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marcin Polar
  • Cast
    Jarosław Surmacz
  • DOP
    Marcin Polar
  • Editing
    Aleksandra Gowin
  • Sound
    Michał Fojcik
  • Duration
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • IDFA 2019, The Netherlands
    • Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2019
    • Sundance FF, USA, 2019
    • 59th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2019
    • 11th Creative Documentary Film Festival MakeDox, Macedonia, 2020
    • Nordic Adventure FF, Denmark, 2019
  • Awards
    • Nordic Adventure FF, Denmark, 2019 - Best Short Film of The Year
    • XXXIV Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia, 2020 - Best Short Documentary
    • Dutch Mountain FF, The Netherlands, 2020 - Spiegel Best Newcomer
    • 13th BBK Mendi Bilbao-Bizkaia Mountain Film Festival, Spain, 2020 - Best Director Award
    • 3rd Short Sounds Film Festival, UK, 2020 Best Sound Editing Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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