Leave No Traces

Leave No Traces

Poland, 1983. In the country, despite it being suspended, there still is martial law earlier introduced by the communist regime in order to supress the Solidarity opposition. On 12th May, Grzegorz Przemyk, the son of Barbara Sadowska, an opposition poetess, is detained and severely beaten up by a police patrol. Przemyk dies after a two-day agony. The only witness of the fatal beating is one of Grzegorz’s colleagues, Jurek Popiel, who decides to fight for justice and testify to incriminate the policemen. At first, the State apparatus, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, understates the matter. However, once twenty thousand people march in the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk’s coffin, the authorities decide to use any means available against the witness and the mother of the deceased to shame them and prevent Jurek from testifying in court.

directed by: Jan P. Matuszyński

written by: Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk, based on Cezary Łazarewicz’s reports Żeby nie było śladów. Sprawa Grzegorza Przemyka

director of photography: Kacper Fertacz

music: Ibrahim Maalouf

production design: Paweł Jarzębski

costume design: Małgorzata Zacharska

make-up: Pola Guźlińska

sound: Cyprian Videl, Kacper Habisiak, Jarosław Bajdowski

edited by: Przemysław Chruścielewski

casting by: Piotr Bartuszek

cast: Sandra Korzeniak, Tomasz Ziętek, Agnieszka Grochowska, Aleksandra Konieczna, Mateusz Górski, Jacek Braciak, Sebastian Pawlak, Robert Więckiewicz

production: Aurum Film

producenci: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham

co-produced by: Les Contes Modernes, Canal+, Background Films, Mazowiecki i Warszawski Fundusz Filmowy, Magiclab Films, Česká televize

production manager: Ewa Pawłowska

co-financed by: Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, ARTE France Cinéma, Czech Film Fund

distributed by: Kino Świat

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