Poland’s Oscar submission LEAVE NO TRACES (ZEBY NIE BYLO SLADOW) by Jan P. Matuszynski at the Official Closing Night of the 33. Polish Film Festival in America on Sunday, November 21, 2021

LEAVE NO TRACES directed by Jan P. Matuszynski (Deep Love, Last Family) will be presented at the Official Closing Night of the 33rd Polish Film Festival in America at 3:00 PM. on Sunday, November 21, 2021, in AMC Village Crossing (7000 N. Carpenter by Central Ave. in Skokie). Premiered at recent Venice Film Festival last month, the film is this year’s Polish submission to the Academy Awards.

Poland, 1983. There is still martial law imposed by the military communist junta despite it being officially suspended. It aims at suppression of the Solidarity opposition. On May 12th Grzegorz Przemyk, son of Barbara Sadowska, an opposition poetess, is detained and severely beaten up a police patrol. The boy dies after a two-day agony. The only witness of the fatal beating is Grzegorz’s friend, 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 understands 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 Grzegorz’s mother to shame them and prevent Jurek from testifying in court.


The movie has excellent cast of best Polish film actors: Tomasz Zietek, Sandra Korzeniak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Jacek Braciak, Mateusz Gorski, Robert Wieckiewicz, Tomasz Kot, Andrzej Chyra.

Script is a work of Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk based on a reportage of Cezary Lazarewicz. Director of Photography is Kacper Fertacz. Music is composed by Ibrahim Maalouf. The movie is produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham of Aurum Film.

A running time is 165 minutes. The movie has English subtitles.

All participants of the Closing Gala will receive attractive gifts by courtesy of Star-Tech Glass and Society for Arts.

Tickets for the Official Closing Night can be purchased HERE or by phone @  773-486-9612.

  1. The Polish Film Festival in America will be held from November 6th to 23rd in three main locations.

A full PFFA schedule can be found @  www.pffamerica.com  on October 11, 2021. Additional information can be also obtained @ 773-486-9612.

The 33rd Polish Film Festival in America is possible thanks to a generous support from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland, Polish Film Institute, Star-Tech Glass, Inc., Hilton Hotels, Copernicus Foundation, Society for Arts, and numerous other prestigious individual and corporate donors.

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