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Leave No Traces
Institute of Contemporary Arts
May 2022
Leave No Traces (Żeby Nie Było Śladów), dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, France / Poland / Czechia 2021, 160 min., Polish with English subtitles

After the brutal killing of a Polish student by security police in 1983, the State’s supposedly ‘independent’ legal system finds itself under intense political pressure.

While the killing itself appears to be a case of unmotivated sadism, the case is soon deemed political when reported on the BBC World Service. This leads to a concerted effort by the authorities to distort legal procedure and falsify the evidence through blackmail and physical intimidation.

Very much a film in the tradition of Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Marble, Jan P. Matuszynski’s second feature provides a penetrating insight into the realities of life in Polish society following the imposition of martial law.

Its compelling narrative and strong performances document a critical period in Poland’s history, while making a crucial statement on the necessity for an independent rule of law – a principle that can no longer be taken for granted in supposedly democratic countries.
02:30 pm
Mon, 11 Oct 2021
Cinema 1
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