Leave No Traces(EUFF 2022)
In competition, Venice Film Festival
Polish entry for Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards
Poland, 1983. In the midst of the martial law era, the country is shaken by the case of Grzegorz Przemyk – a high school student and son of an opposition poet beaten to death by government militia. Based on true events, the film follows the story of Jurek – the only witness of the beating, who overnight became the number one enemy of the state. The oppressive regime used its whole apparatus – the secret service, militia, the media and the courts – to squeeze Jurek and other people close to the case, including his parents and Przemyk’s mother, Barbara. Shot on 16mm, Leave No Traces impresses with visual sophistication and authentic period details. It also sends a profound message about state-sanctioned violence, which is still very much relevant today.
Jan P. Matuszyński
Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska
Polish, English(In Parts)