Poland, 1983. Martial law — introduced by the communist authorities in order to suppress the Solidarity opposition — has officially been suspended, but it’s still being enforced. On May 12th, Grzegorz Przemyk, son of the opposition poet Barbara Sadowska, is arrested and severely beaten by police. After two days of agony, he dies. The only witness to the fatal beating is his friend Jurek Popiel (played by Tomasz Ziętek), who decides to fight for justice and testify against the police. Initially, the state apparatus downplays the case. However, when more than 20,000 people march through the streets of Warsaw behind Przemyk's coffin, the authorities decide to use every available tactic against the witness and the dead man's mother in order to discredit them and prevent Jurek from testifying in court. The plot of Leave No Traces is based on the outstanding reportage under the same title by Cezary Łazarewicz. The book, as well as Jan P. Matuszyński's film, meticulously reconstructs the desperate struggle for the truth in one of the most shameful pages in Poland's recent history.
Jan P. Matuszyński
Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Jacek Braciak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Robert Więckiewicz