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Premiere of the movie “Lest There Were Traces”. Director and actors’ comments

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On Thursday in Warsaw, the premiere of the Polish Oscar candidate, the film “Let there be no traces” took place. In the famous film by Jan P. Matuszyński, the main roles were played by Tomasz Ziętek, Agnieszka Grochowska, Tomasz Kot and Robert Więckiewicz.

The Polish premiere of Jan P. Matuszyński’s film “Let there be no traces” took place on Thursday, with the participation of its authors. – This film leaves a very large space of freedom for the viewer who can interpret the story as they wish – said the director of the film. – I am very far from imposing a specific interpretation. This is not what cinema is about. My greatest happiness is always if someone takes something and stays with him, but what exactly it will be depends on the viewers – he added.


– In addition to telling the painful story of the murder of Grzegorz Przemyk, we also tell about manipulation, violence and the impunity of the authorities – said the actor Robert Więckiewicz. “That sounds pretty current today,” he said.

Polish premiere of the film “Lest there be traces”TVN24

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Aleksandra Konieczna admitted that she is very curious how the film will be received by viewers in Poland, but also in different countries. – This could mean that there is a universe in it not only about communism, but each of the possible “isms”, the apparatuses of totalitarian power – emphasized the actress.

– Certain mechanisms, certain elements taken out, separated from the rest are absolutely readable by the international community – assessed Tomasz Kot. – Not necessarily because everyone is wondering what exactly is happening in Poland now. This is the beauty of a well-told story. We can tell about a specific event, in a specific country, people speak a certain language, but someone on the other side of the world sees that this story is also about me – he added.

“Let there be no traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński – main trailerCinema World

Polish candidate for an Oscar

The world premiere of the painting, which is this year’s Polish candidate for an Oscar, took place during the festival in Venice. “Lest There Are Traces” is a film based on the famous reportage by Cezary Łazarewicz under the same title.

It tells about the case of Grzegorz Przemyk, a high school graduate, who died in May 1983 as a result of a severe beating by policemen. His death became one of the most famous crimes of the security apparatus of the People’s Republic of Poland, and his funeral was a great patriotic celebration.

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