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Poland’s submission to the 94th Academy Awards and winner of the Premio Bisato d’Oro critics’ award for best picture at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, LEAVE NO TRACES is a poignant picture of injustices of the communist era in Poland. Based on the best-selling book by Cezary Lazarewicz (2017 Nike Literary Award), the film depicts true events that shook the nation in early 1980s.

Jurek Popiel, the only witness to the murder of his friend Grzegorz Przemyk, the son of opposition poet Barbara Sadowska, decides to fight for justice and testify against the repressive state militia responsible for his death. Once the matter is picked up by international media and twenty thousand people march in the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk’s coffin, the authorities decide to use all available means against the witness to clear the state’s responsibility for the crime. 

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

WINNER: Premio Bisato d’Oro I 78th Venice International Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Best Film I 3KinoFest Prague I 2021

WINNER: Special Prize for Best Director I Cottbus Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Silver Lions Best Film I Gdynia Film Festival I 2021

WINNER: Best Film I the Polish Film Festival in America I 2021

NOMINATED: Dragon Award, International Competition I Göteborg Film Festival I 2022

NOMINATED: Best Foreign Language Film FIPRESCI Prize I Palm Springs International Film Festival I 2022

NOMINATED:  Best Film Award I Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival I 2021

NOMINATED:  Golden Lion, Best Film I Venice International Film Festival I 2021

NOMINATED:  Golden Anchor Award for Best Debut Film I Haifa International Film Festival I 2021

Rating

CTC

Duration

165

Language

Polish

Cast

Tomasz Zietek, Sandra Korzeniak, Robert Wieckiewicz, Tomasz Kot, Andrzej Chyra, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Aleksandra Konieczna, Mateusz Górski, Adam Bobik, Sebastian Pawlak, Michal Zurawski, Rafal Mackowiak, Dariusz Chojnacki

Director

Jan P. Matuszynski

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