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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #6: Jacek Borcuch Examines the “Human Condition in Micro Scale” in ‘Lasting’

Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #6: Jacek Borcuch Examines the "Human Condition in Micro Scale" in 'Lasting'

“Lasting” director Jacek Borcuch, from Poland, is also a screenwriter, actor, and musician. His past films include “Tulips,” “Kallafiorr” and “All That I Love,” which also played Sundance and was Poland’s Oscar entry in 2011. “My film path is an everlasting search,” he told Indiewire, “rooted simply in human existence. “Directing is what enables me to encompass all my strengths, all kinds of arts I mastered.”

What It’s About: “‘Lasting’ is an emotional love story about Michał and Karina, a pair of Polish students who meet and fall in love with each other while working summer jobs in Spain. An unexpected nightmare brutally breaks into their carefree time in the heavenly landscape and throws their lives into chaos.”

What It’s REALLY About: “‘Lasting’ is a contemporary attempt to look closer at the human condition in micro scale. Through the eyes of young people we observe the disintegration of their seemingly ordered world. The viewer finds himself emotionally attached to the destiny of the protagonists. Not in an imprudent way, simply by co-feeling and desiring to understand them. Together with the protagonists, or actually through them, we ourselves have the opportunity to face our own nature and ask more questions without answers.”

Not So Simple As It Seems: “In the narrative layer, the film seems to be simple. Even classical in visual terms. However, this is all just appearances, an idea to build the drama, a hyperrealist form of the story that unfolds in front of the viewers’ eyes. A certain peculiarity is perceptible since the very first takes; something is going on, but we do not know what it is… Information is lacking, so we are left with wild guesses and speculations. As if everything was taking place somewhere on a volcano about to erupt. As a director, I tried to help this drama gain life. What was most important both for me and for the cinematographer was to refrain from enhancing the depicted reality or fuelling this atmosphere. Everything was just supposed to happen.”

My Sole Hope: “I would love to make people re-live their youth. Youth is made of dreams and hopes. This is the absolute best there is, both in physical and vital terms. This is a time when everything seems possible. As years go by, people add ideologies to the process of passing away and getting older. They do that so as to be able to better endure their lives. That is why, later, they lie that this is the best time of their lives, that youth is overrated… They’ve gone out of the main current of life, they’ve fallen overboard reality, they can no longer keep up with it or understand it…They’ve already forgotten.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on January 17 for the latest profiles.

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