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LEAVE NO TRACES
 
ŻEBY NIE BYŁO ŚLADÓW

 

 

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drama, history I 2021 I

Poland, France, Czech Republic

SUNDAY 11/09/2022 6:10pm 

LUNA LEEDERVILLE

 

 

Original Title:  Żeby nie było śladów

Duration:        165 min

Language:        Polish with English subtitles

 

Director:  Jan P. Matuszyński

Writer:     Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk, based on Cezary

                 Łazarewicz’s reports Żeby nie było śladów. 

                 Sprawa Grzegorza Przemyka

Cast:         Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Robert Więckiewicz, Tomasz Kot, Andrzej Chyra, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Aleksandra Konieczna, Mateusz Górski, Adam Bobik, Sebastian Pawlak, Michał Żurawski, Rafał Maćkowiak and Dariusz Chojnacki

 

 

Poland’s submission to the 94th Academy Awards and winner of the Premio Bisato d’Oro critics’ award for best picture at the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Based on the best-selling book, LEAVE NO TRACES is a poignant picture of the injustices of the communist era in Poland, depicting true events that shook the nation in the early 1980s.

Jurek Popiel, the only witness to the murder of his friend Grzegorz Przemyk, the son of opposition poet Barbara Sadowska, decides to fight for justice and testify against the repressive state militia responsible for his death. Once the matter is picked up by international media and twenty thousand people march in the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk’s coffin, the authorities decide to use all available means against the witness to clear the state’s responsibility for the crime. 


"Icy political thriller that envelops the viewer bit by bit and never lets go… "  The title alludes to the perfect work of the agents, who hit without leaving traces. But the film also does its job well. And it is just the opposite." 
— Tommaso Koch, El Pais


"Matuszynski confirms himself as one of the most interesting directors of the new Polish cinema. Shot with a hand-held camera that is constantly attached to the characters, “Leave No Traces” is a strong indictment that brings to life with great realism a highly dramatic period." — Andrea Chimento, Il Sole 24 Ore 


"The film is undeniably a tour de force in execution… The story’s outcome undeniably hits hard, and viewers worldwide will appreciate the evident parallels with the deaths of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality worldwide.." .
— Jonathan Romney, Screen International

JAN P. MATUSZYŃSKI

One of the most promising Polish directors of the young generation. Graduated from the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice and completed DOK PRO Programme at Wajda School. Author of the much-awarded documentary Deep Love. His first full-length feature The Last Family, dubbed “artistically most mature debut in the recent seasons”, became a phenomenon much-awarded in Poland and abroad. Recipient of the Golden Lions, Journalists Award and Audience Award at the 2016 Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the film also received the Golden Angel at the 2016 Tofifest IFF in Toruń, the Prize for Best Debut Film at the 2016 Cottbus Film Festival and the Krakow Film Award at the 2017 OFF CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema in Krakow, to name only a few. 

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

WINNER: Premio Bisato d’Oro I 78th Venice International Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Best Film I 3KinoFest Prague I 2021

WINNER: Special Prize for Best Director I Cottbus Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Silver Lions Best Film I Gdynia Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Best Film I the Polish Film Festival in America I 2021

NOMINATED: Dragon Award, International Competition I Göteborg Film Festival I 2022

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film FIPRESCI Prize I Palm Springs International Film Festival I 2022

NOMINATED:  Golden Lion, Best Film I Venice International Film Festival I 2021

NOMINATED:  Best Film Award I Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival I 2021

NOMINATED:  Golden Anchor Award for Best Debut Film I Haifa International Film Festival I 2021

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