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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.


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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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Drama | War

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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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 »


Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier (BWV 633)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Joachim Grubich (Organ)
Licensed Courtesy of DUX Recording Producers Warsaw
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A Touching and Moving Film
12 September 2011 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at is world premier gala event at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I must admit that I grew up hearing stories from the script writer, David Shamoon, so I may have some bias to this film. As a novice critic, this is my review: In Darkness is a touching and moving film. This is not a war movie, and it is only partly a Holocaust story. This is a human story. The memoir of one of the survivors, who is portrayed in this film, inspired the book which found its way to David then to Hollywood. Any one who sees this or has any connection to the tragedies of the Second World War will be happy that this story was told. It is unique and not like any other film portrayal that I have ever seen. You must have a stomach for seeing what survival is like when portrayed on the silver screen. You will root for some characters, bit your nails as events unfold, and sigh with relief at numerous occasions. At the end of the film you will have something to talk about with those you watched it with and those you want to recommend it to. See this film and you will be happy that you did.

As a side note, the presentation of the film at TIFF was on 10th anniversary of 9/11 and I would think that TIFF organizers chose this evening and this presentation strategically. There was also a special surprise after the movie, the survivor/writer of the original memoirs cam to stage to thank those involved and present her grand daughters. It brought tears to the audience. I have never been to a movie premier with so much applause before even when big names like Clooney are in attendance.

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