The first trailer of the film by Jan P. Matuszyński “Let there be no traces” appeared on the web, telling about the fate of Grzegorz Przemyk, a high school graduate, brutally murdered by the police in May 1983. At the beginning, we see a young boy forcibly pushed into a police station in Nysa. The next shot is a police station in which the boy falls from his chair after hitting the officer. And then the funeral procession appears.
You can watch the first, short trailer of one of the most anticipated Polish films of this year, “Let there be no traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński. This is the second feature film by the creator of “The Last Family” awarded with Golden Lions.
We already know that the picture will compete in the main competition of the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The young Polish director will compete for the Golden Lion with such giants as Pedro Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino and Jane Campion. Immediately after the Venice festival, the film will go to the most important national festival, i.e. the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, where it will have its Polish premiere. He is already referred to as one of the favorites.
Film adaptation of the book
The film tells the story of Grzegorz Przemyk, a high school graduate, brutally murdered by the police in May 1983, the son of a poet and oppositionist Barbara Sadowska. The boy, tortured at the police station, dies after two days of agony. The decision-makers of the People’s Republic of Poland did everything to blame the paramedics trying to save him for the crime.
The script by Kai Krawczyk-Wnuk is based on the famous report by the journalist and journalist Cezary Łazarewicz, “Let there be no traces. The case of Grzegorz Przemyk”, awarded in 2017 with the NIKE Literary Award. He was also the film’s chief consultant.
The director became interested in the book almost immediately after its publication. He then said in interviews that in this story he was intrigued by “a certain non-obvious fate of the heroes, on both sides of the barricade”. – Barbara Sadowska, Przemyk’s mother, was a gifted poet, and she was remembered primarily as the mother of a martyr. In turn, the people of the regime, who had many cruel crimes under their belt, probably committed it by accident – said Matuszyński.
Like Łazarewicz’s book, Matuszyński’s film will be a reconstruction of the crimes and mechanisms of operation of the communist government, which involved the entire state apparatus to cover up the guilt of the militia.
From the witness point of view
– Initially, after reading Łazarewicz’s book, I thought that the natural choice would be to tell this story from the point of view of the protagonist’s mother, Barbara Sadowska, said Matuszyński a few days ago at a meeting with the audience in Kazimierz Dolny, during the “Dwa Brzegi” festival. – It turned out, however, that she does not have the typical features of the main character. Then we decided with the screenwriter that we would tell it from the point of view of the witness of the event, a colleague of Przemyk. Tomasz Ziętek played it, and in my opinion he did it brilliantly – he added.
Ziętek, in the role of Jurek Popiel, who decides to fight for justice and to testify against the police, is the main character of the film. The role of Grzegorz Przemyk was played by Mateusz Górski, a graduate of the Academy of Theater Arts. Stanisław Wyspiański in Krakow, an actor known primarily for his roles in the performances of the Warsaw Rozmaitości Theater. We could see it in Jan Jakub Kolski’s “Pardon”.
Next to these two we will see a galaxy of Polish stars. The role of Przemyk’s mother, the poet Barbara Sadowska was played by Sandra Korzeniak. Robert Więckiewicz appeared in the role of Czesław Kiszczak. In addition, the film will feature, among others, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Tomasz Kot, Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Chyra, Michał Żurawski and Rafał Maćkowiak.
The movie will hit theaters on September 24.
Two Riversides Festival, tvn24.pl
Main photo source: photo: Łukasz Bąk / Kino Świat