September 09, 2021
The second fiction feature film by director Jan P. Matuszynski, which was selected for main Venezia 78 Competition, participated at MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2018 - and is this year´s Poland´s Best International Feature Film candidate for the 94th Academy Awards!
Leave no Traces, directed by Jan P. Matuszynski and written by Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk is a Poland-France-Czech Republic coproduction by Aurum Films (Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham), Les Contes Modernes (Patrice Nezan, Laurent Versini), Canal Polska (Małgorzata Seck, Alicja Gancarz) and Background Films (Mikulas Novotny). The film is based on the novel "Zeby nie bylo sladow" by Cezary Lazarewicz.
The project was presented at connecting cottbus east-west co-production market in 2017, where it was awarded the MIDPOINT Feature Launch Scholarship Award.
Its successful development/production journey will peak this week with the film’s premiere within the Venezia 78 Competition of Venice IFF 2021.
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.
Check out the film screenings here.