THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 8 p.m.
ŻEBY NIE BYŁO ŚLADÓW / LEAVE NO TRACES
Poland, 2021 / 160’
Director: Jan P. Matuszyński
Cast: Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Mateusz Górski, Robert Więckiewicz, Tomasz Kot, Sebastian Pawlak
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, militia, the medias and the courts – to squeeze Jurek and other people close to the case, including his parents and Przemyk’s mother, Barbara.
Festivals: Venice Film Festival, Haifa Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Film Festival Cottbus, Palm Springs International Film Festival
Awards: Cottbus Film Festival – Special Prize for Best Director; Polish Film Festival – Silver Lion for Best Feature Film, Best Production Design (Pawel Jarzebski, production designer