“Lest There Be Traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński among the films of the Main Competition of the International Film Festival in Venice. The second feature film by the creator of “The Last Family” tells the story of Grzegorz Przemyk – the son of an opposition poet who, severely beaten at a police station, died two days later.
The Venice International Film Festival will be held for the 78th time in September. On Monday, the organizers announced the list of films that were included in the official selection of this year’s edition. One Polish film appeared in the Main Competition: “Let there be no traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński.
A story about the case of Grzegorz Przemyk
“Lest There Be Traces”, the second full-length story by the creator of “The Last Family” is a story about the case of Grzegorz Przemyk, son of the opposition poet Barbara Sadowska. The freshly graduated high school graduate in May 1983 was brutally beaten at a militia station and died after two days of agony. The script by Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk was based on a report by Cezary Łazarewicz of the same title. The book was recognized with the 2017 NIKE Literary Award.
Mateusz Górski, last year’s graduate of the Academy of Theater Arts in Krakow, makes his debut. Przemyk’s mother – Barbara Sadowska – is played by Sandra Korzeniak. The producers of the film are Aneta Hickinbotham and Leszek Bodzak, who also collaborated with Matuszyński on “The Last Family”.
Venice 2021. A competition filled with stars
78th edition of the International Film Festival will open the newest film by Pedro Almodovar “Madres paralelas”. The competition will also include: “The Power of the Dog” by Jane Campion, the story of Princess Diana, or “Spencer” by Pablo Larrain, the latest film by Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino, “E stata la mano di Dio”. In the Greek-British-American-Israeli film “The Lost Daughter”, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, alongside stars such as Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Ed Harris, and Peter Sarsgaard, Dagmara Dominczyk, an American actress of Polish origin, will star. The chairman of the jury of the main competition will be Korean director Bong Joon Ho, winner of an Oscar for the film “Parasite”.
Venice 2021. Oleh Sentsov will show a new film
In addition to the main competition, the film will be presented in the “Horizons” review Oleh Sentsova “Rhinoceros”. The Ukrainian director was arrested in 2014 in the Russian-occupied Crimea on suspicion of planning terrorist activities and sentenced to 20 years in a labor camp. Many people and organizations, including the European Film Academy, appealed for his release. He was released during the 2019 prisoner exchange.
During the festival, one of the most anticipated films of recent years will have a world premiere, namely “Dune” by Dennis Villeneuve.
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