In Darkness

In Darkness
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In Darkness
Poland, 2011, 145 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Canada/Germany
Topics: Drama, History, Jewish Interest, War, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Polish, German, Yiddish, Ukrainian English Sub-Titles

Set in Lvov in 1943, and based on a true story, this multi-strand epic tells the story of Polish sewer worker and petty thief Leopold Socha and a fateful encounter that changes his life. The devoutly Catholic Socha has no particular sympathy for the persecuted Jews. His life, and that of ordinary Poles, seems difficult enough under the subsequent Soviet and German occupations. When Socha encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the threatened liquidation of the ghetto by hiding in the cramped, rat-infested sewers, they offer him money to guide them to a secret spot and provide them with food. Soon, above ground, the ghetto erupts in flames and the Germans execute anyone caught succoring the fleeing inhabitants. As the months pass, the group underground dwindles in number, their finances exhausted. At the same time, Socha’s task becomes increasingly difficult… Justly celebrated for WWII dramas such as Angry Harvest and Europa, Europa, acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland offers a compelling look at the complex reasons a person might risk his life for others.

DIRECTOR: Agnieszka Holland
Producer: Eric Jordan, Leander Carell, Marc-Daniel Dichant, Patrick Knippel, Juliusz Machulski, Steffen Reuter
Editor: Michal Czarnecki
Screenwriter: David F Shamoon
Cinematographer: Jolanta Dylewska
Music: Antoni Komasa-Lazarkarkiewicz
Principal Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny
Filmography: Copying Beethoven (2006), Washington Squre (1997), Total Eclipse (1995), The Secret Garden (1993), Europa, Europa (1990), Angry Harvest (1985)
Print Source: Sony Classics -

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