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Madison Polish Film Festival: “Leave no Traces”

November 21, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Leave no Traces (dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, 2021)
Polish title: Żeby nie było śladów | Running time: 160 min
Sunday, November 21, 4:30 pm
UW Cinematheque
Vilas Communication Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison

Leave no Traces (dir. Jan P. Matuszyński)


Poland, 1983. The country is shaken by the case of Grzegorz Przemyk – a high school student beaten to death by militia. Based on true events, the film follows the story of Jurek – the only witness of the beating, who overnight became the number one enemy of the state. The oppressive regime used its whole apparatus – the secret service, militia, the media, and the courts – to squeeze Jurek and other people close to the case, including his parents and Przemyk’s mother, Barbara (Rotten Tomatoes).


Sunday, November 21 screenings

On the second Sunday of the festival (November 21), the screenings will take place a short walk from the Marquee at the UW Cinematheque. The Cinematheque serves the Greater Madison Area community by showcasing the best international films and other films that would not reach larger screens. With one of the finest projection facilities, the Cinematheque provides an excellent viewing experience thanks to its support of multiple high-definition video formats.

Location and parking

The Cinematheque is located in Room 4070 on the fourth floor of Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue in Madison (south-east corner of the Park Street and University Avenue intersection). Room 4070 is accessible from Park Street (elevator and stairs) and the stairs facing University Avenue and University Square. Parking is available on the Lake and Park Street lot, Johnson and Lake Street lot, the Fluno Center underground lot on Frances Street, in addition to numerous UW and City of Madison parking options. The Cinematheque is located close to bus routes 2, 7, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 28, 38, 70, 72, 80, 81, 82.

For more information on UW Cinematheque parking, visit this guide. To find the best bus route, visit the Madison Metro Transit trip planning guide.

Celebrating Polish cinema at UW–Madison since 1991

The annual Madison Polish Film Festival is co-organized by the UW–Madison Polish Studies program and the Polish Student Association in collaboration with the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+ (GNS+), Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Film Committee, and the Polish Heritage Club, Madison–Wisconsin. Inaugurated in 1991 by our longstanding Polish language lecturer Dr. Ewa Miernowska, the festival has quickly become an annual celebration of Polish cinema. Since then, it has attracted hundreds of viewers each year and is now a major cultural event at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Greater Madison Area.


November 21, 2021
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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