a woman and her son bathe in the river, a moment of pure joy. Later, he discovers that Ewa works at the
guest-house he’s staying at and he warns them not to bathe in the river due to the pollution from the
nearby factories. Jacek, Ewa’s son, helps Martin with his research and he becomes something of a father
figure to him. As a thank you for letting Jacek help him out Ewa invites Martin for dinner before he is to
return home to England. Martin misunderstands the invitation and at the end of the night, a little tipsy, he
tries to kiss her - but is rejected. The next day he speaks to a lab technician in the UK about the samples
he’s sent back for testing– there is some pollution but not where Ewa and Jacek have been swimming.
When Ewa doesn’t show up for work and still hurting from the rejection Martin leaves without passing on
the message that the river is fine to swim in.
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nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Short Award and selected as one of the top five films of the year by critic Nick Bradshaw in Sight & Sound’s annual film review.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Eva Weber
Written by: Line Langebek
Produced by: Julia Godzinskaya, Sophie Vickers
Cinematography: Chloë Thompson
Editing: Tracy Granger
Production Design: Dorota Borkowska, Agata Trojak
Costume Design: Emilia Czartoryska
Original Score: Stuart Earl
Sound Design: Harry Barnes
Cast: Bradley Hall (Martin), Magdalena Rózanska (Ewa), Olaf Marchwicki (Jacek), Slawomir Holland (landlord)
Nominations and Awards
- European Short Film 2015