Best Foreign Film


by Martin Rath
National Film School in Lodz, Poland


A hitchhiker is taken in by a remote Polish mountain community. Tested by the hardened locals and the unforgiving harshness of his new environment he constitutes his presence in the mountains. But to whom do we have to prove of what we're made?

Director's biography

Martin Rath grew up in East Berlin. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and is currently studying at the directing department of the National Polish Film School in Lodz. His short documentary “Written in Ink” has been shown at more than 100 international film festivals including SXSW and Hot Docs. In 2013 Martin completed his 23 min. fiction short film “Arena”.


Written and directed by Martin Rath
Cinematography: Bartosz Swiniarski
Editing: Patrik Eriksson
Music: Artur Walaszczyk


Original title:  Arena
Running time: 23'
Film type: Fiction
Country: Poland
Completion date: 2013