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Żeby nie było śladów (Leave No Traces)

Venezia 78 Competition
Jan P. Matuszyński
Aurum Films (Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham), Les Contes Modernes (Patrice Nezan, Laurent Versini), Canal Polska (Małgorzata Seck, Alicja Gancarz), Background Films (Mikulas Novotny)
Running Time:
Poland, France, Czech Republic
Main Cast:
Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Robert Więckiewicz, Sebastian Pawlak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mateusz Górski
Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk
Kacper Fertacz
Przemysław Chruścielewski
Production Designer:
Paweł Jarzębski
Costume Designer:
Małgorzata Zacharska
Ibrahim Maalouf
Cyprien Vidal, Kacper Habisiak
Note:based on the novel "Żeby nie było śladów" by Cezary Łazarewicz


Poland, 1983. The country is shaken by the case of Grzegorz Przemyk—a high school student beaten to death by 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, the militia, the media and the courts—to squeeze Jurek and other people close to the case, including his parents and Przemyk’s mother, Barbara.

Director’s Statement

Films are a strange kind of mirror. They can dive deep into somebody’s soul. Both the main character and the viewer. Everyone can see a different thing into a mirror and that’s the beauty of cinema. That’s the freedom we need. Grzegorz Przemyk cared about his freedom when the policemen asked him about his identity card on 12th May 1983. He knew he didn’t have to show it, because the martial law had been suspended at that time. So, he didn’t. Nobody knows who threw the final, deadly punch that killed him. It’s Kafkaesque and it resembles contemporary cases. The only reason this story surfaced is that there was an eyewitness. The film gave me an opportunity to go through different perspectives of communist regime in Poland in the 1980s. That’s a really multilayered mirror. Try not to break it. Only when we remember, there is hope it won’t happen again.


PRODUCTION 1: Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham – Aurum Film
Resorowa 20
02-956 – Warsaw, Poland
Tel. +48 504 275 800

PRODUCTION 2: Patrice Nezan, Laurent Versini – Les Contes Modernes
La Cartoucherie – rue de Chony
26500 - Bourg-lès-Valence, France
Tel. +33 4 75 600 944

PRODUCTION 3: Małgorzata Seck, Alicja Gancarz – Canal Polska
Aleja Sikorskiego 9
02-758 – Warsaw, Poland
Tel. +48 22 328 2895

PRODUCTION 4: Mikulas Novotny – Background Films
Korunní 1209/76
101 00 – Prague, Czechia
Tel. +420 777 910 290

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund, Magiclab, Czech Television

WORLD SALES: Jan Naszewski – New Europe Film Sales
Pulawska 152/2
02-670 – Warsaw, Poland
Tel. +48 600173205

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Gordon Spragg, Laurin Dietrich, Michael Arnon – WOLF Consultants
+49 157 7474 9724

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