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In Darkness (2011)

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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leopold Socha
Mundek Margulies
Klara Keller
Paulina Chiger
Herbert Knaup ...
Ignacy Chiger
Yanek Weiss
Jerzy Walczak ...
Jacob Berestycki
Oliwer Stanczak ...
Pawel Chiger
Milla Bankowicz ...
Krystyna Chiger
Wanda Socha
Aleksander Mincer ...
Szlomo Landsberg (as Olek Mincer)
Icek Frenkiel
Mania Keller


IN DARKNESS tells the true story of Leopold Socha who risks his own life to save a dozen people from certain death. Initially only interested in his own good, the thief and burglar hides Jewish refugees for 14 months in the sewers of the German-occupied town of Lvov (former Poland). Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 2012 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

A város alatt  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$27,413 (USA) (10 February 2012)


$1,038,733 (USA) (11 May 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Poland's candidate to compete for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards. See more »


When Leopold is being brought by soldiers to meet Kovalev, he has a bag, then he hasn't and then he has it again. See more »


Featured in The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012) See more »


Tam Na Rogu Na Janoskij
(Traditional folk music from Lviv)
Performed by Pawel Steczek (Accordion)
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The movie is the Polish Oscar entry....
9 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

While there have been other movies dealing with Holocaust this one is unique in its complexity. It takes place in Lvov, town populated by a number of ethnic groups which had coexisted in an uneasy truce in a sort of a Tower of Babel which first the Russian and then the German occupations easily destroyed.

The mix of peoples is apparent by the mix of languages spoken: Polish, Yiddish, Ukrainian, German . The subtitles by the way are excellent and easy to follow.

The movie shows the risks involved in helping Jews under the German occupation a very important but often forgotten point. Heart wrenching scenes caused more than one person to wipe their tears in this Polish audience. The humanity of Socha the imperfect hero makes him one of the most heart warming characters that I recall.

This movie is a thriller, a morality tale and in some ways reminds one of a classic Western where honor, justice and love survive under most adverse circumstances.

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