The Last Day of Summer


A subtle, almost quasi-documentary tale of a confrontation between two lonely people one from which true understanding cannot seemingly result, The Last Day of Summer was the least expensive feature film in the history of Polish cinema. The crew had only one Ariflex camera and 6,000 meters of black-and-white film to create this artistic masterpiece. The idea? Two people meet on an empty beach. They can'’t communicate. A crew of five people took this ascetic screenplay and created an equally austere movie. The film was awarded the Grand Prix in Venice for documentary and short films, as well as the Grand Prix of the EXPO in Brussels and the First Prize of MFF in London.


1958 Venice Film Festival – Grand Prix. 1958 Brussels, EXPO 58 – Main Award for Experimental Film.

Cast & Crew

Directed and written by Tadeusz Konwicki. Cinematography Jan Laskowski. Music by Adam Pawlikowski. Film editing by Wiesława Otocka. Production management: Jerzy Laskowski. © Studio Filmowe Kadr. Cast: Irena Laskowska (She), Jan Machulski (He).