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    “Leave No Traces” a film about Grzegorz Przemyk candidate for Oscar

    Jan P. Matuszyński, who made the film “Ostatnia rodzina” (“The Last Family”) about the Beksinskis, is beginning work on a film about Grzegorz Przemyk. The script is based on a reporter’s book by Cezary Łazarewicz.

    Preparations for the start of Jan P. Matuszyński’s film are now underway. The director became famous thanks to “The Last Family”, which told the story of a sculptor Zdzisław Beksiński and his relatives.


    – It’s a difficult project, full of pitfalls and subject to different emotions. But I think it is important that today it is young people who tell the story of martial law in the universal language of contemporary cinema. I hope we’ll manage to do it, Leszek Bodzak, the film’s producer, writes on Facebook.


    The new project is to tell the story of Grzegorz Przemyk. It will be based on a reporter’s book by Cezary Łazarewicz “Żeby nie było śladów” (“Leave No Traces”). The project received funding from the Polish Film Institute for development.


    – It is the beginning of a new, beautiful adventure – the director announces in an interview with In his opinion Łazarewicz’s book is amazing but, as he points out, cinema has its own rules. 


    – A long process of researching historical materials awaits us. The story of Grzegorz Przemyk is more complex than it seems at first glance. We are at the beginning of the road, we are working out the questions that we don’t know the answers to so far, he adds. 


    In the announcement of Aurum Film, which will produce the film, we can read that the story described by Łazarewicz is one of the most famous and dramatic crimes of martial law.


    It was committed in May 1983. The arrest and beating by ZOMO officers of the Warsaw high school graduate Grzegorz Przemyk sparked social protests but also gave rise to a great mystification undertaken by the communist repression apparatus. It is a story about crime without punishment, but above all about totalitarian power which will stop at nothing.


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