Martin, a shy Englishman in his early 20s, is in Poland doing a field study on river pollution when he sees
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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Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her award-winning films have screened at numerous international film festivals, been broadcast on UK and international television, and shown at art exhibitions and museums. Her film THE SOLITARY LIFE OF CRANES was
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