Twenty-year-old Michał (Jakub Gierszał) and Karina (Magdalena Berus) are impossibly attractive Polish students who fall blissfully in love while working summer jobs in Spain. But on a scuba outing at a nearby lake, something terrible happens to Michał. This nightmare breaks into their sweet, sun-dappled existence, disturbing him deeply and sending him back to school with a secret. When Michal finally confides in Karina, it’s more than she can take. Their relationship is thrown into chaos, and she’s left to cope with her own life-changing news alone. Gierszał, known as the Polish James Dean, is extraordinarily skilled at balancing hysteria and emotional truth. Cinematographer Michał Englert’s depiction of the stark contrast between airy, light-filled Spain and grim rain-soaked Poland captured this year’s Sundance Film Festival prize for Cinematography in World Dramatic Cinema. Lasting is a quietly affecting film that captures the promise of young love and the agony of heartbreak.

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93 min
Not Rated
Year: 2012
Country: Poland/Spain
Language: Spanish/Polish with English subtitles
Festivals: Sundance 2013
Director: Jacek Borcuch
Screenwriter: Jacek Borcuch
Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Ángela Molina