The Though carries a lot of meanings: defiant, vicious, resistant, relentless, strong, resilient, cold, hard. The film’s protagonist had a reason to choose this name for his discovery – a place he has to face where he learns about all those characteristics tangibly and literally the hard way. It stirs his imagination while abruptly and obsessively pushes him forward. The camera follows him, step by step, taking part in the exploration of the spaces never seen before, which more and more fiercely 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.

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 14'
  • Year: 2019
  • Color: colour

Director: Marcin Polar

Script: Marcin Polar

DOP: Marcin Polar

Editing: Aleksandra Gowin

Sound: Michał Fojcik

Producer: Ewa Jastrzębska

Production company: Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association, LeLe Crossmedia Production


Katarzyna Wilk


About the director:

Marcin Polar

Marcin Polar

Director, cinematographer, photographer. A graduate from the Krakow Film School and Cinematography, Direction and Art Photography at the Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Creator of documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials. He has vast experience in filming in extreme conditions, often using mountaineering, aerial, and underwater techniques. His first short documentary “Collection” was screened at major festivals all over the world. His newest film “The Tough” had its world premiere in the international competition of Sundance Film Festival.


2017 – Collection

2019 – The Tough

At festivals:

Sundance Film Festival, USA 2019 (competition)

59th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (competition)

Rooftop Films, USA, 2019 (screening)

Durban International FF, South Africa, 2019 (competition)

OFF - Odense International Film Festival 2019, Dania, 2019 (competition)

Encounters ISFF, UK, 2019 (competition)

Sapporo International Short FF, Japan, 2019 (screening)

Victory International FF, USA, 2019 (competition)

DC Short, USA, 2019 (competition)

Le long week-end du court in Quebec, Canada, 2019 (screening)

Warsaw Film Festival, Poland, 2019 (screening)