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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A nominee for the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, In Darkness tells the true story of a Holocaust survival.
Set in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, the movie follows Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and thief who encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them in the town’s sewers for payment. But the business arrangement turns into an unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews.
In Darkness had a very limited release in theaters and was an official selection of the 2011 Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The drama movie »
Who knew that raw sewage was such a strong aphrodisiac? Poland's submission for Best Foreign Language Film, In Darkness ended up with an Academy Award nomination this year, though the far superior A Separation won the Oscar. It's easy to understand why In Darkness received a nomination; not only is it difficult for the Academy to resist a Holocaust-themed drama in general, this particular one boasts a distinguished director in Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, Copying Beethoven) and a story that is not overly familiar. The Jewish residents of Lvov, Poland, are in fear for their lives during World War II, threatened with extermination by the Nazi regime. But, as emphasized in the film, the terrorized men and women have the same physical needs that »
Mary Pickford At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit, became the first individual to win the equivalent of an Honorary Award for his body of work. Seventy-six years and 86 (my count*) body-of-work Oscar winners later — including last year's James Earl Jones and Dick Smith — a mere nine women have been recognized for their cinematic oeuvre and/or for their pioneering film work. The chosen nine — eight of them actresses, including one actress-producer — are: Greta Garbo (at the 1955 ceremony), Lillian Gish (1971), actress-producer Mary Pickford (1976), editor Margaret Booth (1978), Barbara Stanwyck (1982), Myrna Loy (1991), Sophia Loren (1991), Deborah Kerr (1994), and Lauren Bacall (2009). Considering the amount of female talent that has gone un-honored these past seven and a half decades (see Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux, Joan Fontaine, Barbra Streisand: Honorary Oscars and Women), I find it impossible not to believe that the »
- Andre Soares
This story first appeared in the Feb. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Holocaust dramas often have been rewarded with Academy Awards, but when David F. Shamoon first approached Agnieszka Holland about directing his spec script based on the true story of a Polish Catholic crook who hid Jews from Nazis in the sewers of Lvov, Poland, she resisted. An Oscar nominee in 1992 for her screenplay for Europa Europa and a foreign-language film nominee for 1985's Angry Harvest, Holland explains her initial refusal: "I know how painful it is and how long recovery is after this kind
- Tim Appelo
Agnieska Holland, director of the Academy Award-nominated (Best Foreign Language Feature) Holocaust drama "In Darkness," is no stranger to documenting that period on film (or to Academy Award nominations, for that matter), having made "Angry Harvest" and "Europa Europa," both Holocaust films nominated for Oscars. But "In Darkness" does mark a departure for Holland -- it's her first film set primarily undergound. Based on a true story, "In Darkness" centers on Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), a sewer worker in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland. After coming across a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto, Leopold agrees to hide them undergound in the town's sewer system, for a price. What soon begins as a business arrangement soon blossoms into something deeper, as Leopold's conscience gets the better of him. Holland spoke with Indiewire from Poland about her latest work. This »
Sony Pictures Classics Milla Bańkowicz as Krystyna Chiger and Robert Więckiewicz as Leopold Socha.
In Agnieszka Holland’s new film “In Darkness,” to be released on Feb. 10 by Sony Pictures Classics, a small group of Jews endure 14 horrible months below the city of Lvov, surviving the Nazi occupation of Poland by hiding in the sewer system. Their only connection to the outside world was a simple Polish sanitation worker named Leopold Socha.
First-time screenwriter David Shamoon adapted “In Darkness”—which »
- Rachel Dodes
We’ve shared the best films of 2011 and now it is time to move on. 2012 has arrived and we’ll countdown our most-anticipated later this month, but first we have a taste of what to expect in January. Infamous for the dumping ground of the year, there is certainly a lot of crap left off (Contraband, One For the Money, Underworld 4, etc), but with a few limited releases and some promising big-budget films, this is actually shaping up to be a strong month.
As always, please look at our previous Films To See lists to be alerted of limited releases expanding in your area. And as the VOD market expands, look forward to titles like Kill List, The Innkeepers, and Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie hitting the format bu check back for their inclusion in future lists as they get theatrical bows.
10. Declaration of War (Valérie Donzelli; Jan. »
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7 items from 2012