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LEAVE NO TRACES

by Jan P. Matuszyński

synopsis

Poland, 1983. Despite the suspension, the martial law imposed by the communist authorities, aimed at suppressing the Solidarity opposition, is still in force in the country. On May 12, Grzegorz Przemyk, son of the opposition poet Barbara Sadowska, is arrested and badly beaten by a police patrol. Przemyk dies after two days of agony. The only witness to the fatal beating is one of Grzegorz's colleagues, Jurek Popiel, who decides to fight for justice and to testify against the police. Initially, the state apparatus, including the Ministry of the Interior, downplays the case. However, when over 20 thousand. People will march through the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk's coffin, the authorities decides to use any tools against the witness and the deceased's mother to discredit them and prevent Jurek from testifying in court.

international title: Leave No Traces
original title: Zeby nie bylo sladów
country: Poland, France, Czech Republic
sales agent: New Europe Film Sales
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Jan P. Matuszyński
film run: 160'
screenplay: Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk
cast: Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Robert Wieckiewicz, Sebastian Pawlak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mateusz Górski
cinematography by: Kacper Fertacz
film editing: Przemysław Chruscielewski
art director: Pawel Jarzebski
costumes designer: Małgorzata Zacharska
producer: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Cebula-Hickinbotham
co-producer: Olivier Père
production: Aurum Film, Les Contes Modernes, ARTE France Cinéma, Background Films
backing: Polish Film Institute/Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej
distributor: Kino Świat
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