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In Darkness -- Leopold Soha risks his 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 Nazi-occupied town of Lvov.
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Evokes the proper sense of claustrophobia See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Robert Wieckiewicz ... Leopold Socha

Benno Fürmann ... Mundek Margulies

Agnieszka Grochowska ... Klara Keller

Maria Schrader ... Paulina Chiger
Herbert Knaup ... Ignacy Chiger
Marcin Bosak ... Yanek Weiss
Julia Kijowska ... Chaja
Jerzy Walczak ... Jacob Berestycki
Oliwer Stanczak ... Pawel Chiger
Milla Bankowicz ... Krystyna Chiger
Krzysztof Skonieczny ... Szczepek

Kinga Preis ... Wanda Socha
Aleksander Mincer ... Szlomo Landsberg (as Olek Mincer)
Piotr Glowacki ... Icek Frenkiel
Maria Semotiuk ... Mania Keller

Michal Zurawski ... Bortnik
Zofia Pieczynska ... Stefcia Socha
Etl Szyc ... Szona Grossman

Weronika Rosati ... Young Woman with Child
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Sawicki
Ida Lozinska ... Rachela Grossman
Mania Lozinska ... Teenage Boy Sister
Dorota Liliental ... Bystander #1
Maja Bohosiewicz ... Girl - Robbery
Vito Hanne ... Boy - Robbery
Piotr Nowak ... German Soldier
Laura Lo Zito ... Irena
Zacharjasz Muszynski ... Ukranian Militiaman
Olena Leonenko ... Woman Vendor
Jeremias Koschorz ... Young German Soldier
Maciej Wieckowski ... Priest
Alexandre Levit ... Kovalev
Frank-Michael Köbe ... Wilhaus (as Frank Köbe)
Ireneusz Czop ... Janowssa SS Man
Anton Lewit ... Max - Ukranian Officer (as Anton Levit)
Benjamin Höppner ... SS Mining Officer
Ryszard Mosingiewicz ... Old Man
Filip Garbacz ... Teenage Boy
Dorota Paciarelli ... Woman Vendor (as Dorota M. Pacciarelli)
Aniela Nykowska ... Anielka
Wolfgang Boos ... Officer
Benedikt Crisand ... Daniel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joachim Paul Assböck ... Nowak (uncredited)

Directed by
Agnieszka Holland 
 
Writing credits
Robert Marshall (book "In the Sewers of Lvov: A Heroic Story of Survival from the Holocaust")

David F. Shamoon 

Produced by
Andrzej Besztak .... line producer
Leander Carell .... producer
Wojciech Danowski .... executive producer
Marc-Daniel Dichant .... producer
Christoph Fisser .... executive producer
Eric Jordan .... producer
Patrick Knippel .... producer
Juliusz Machulski .... producer
Steffen Reuter .... producer
David F. Shamoon .... executive producer
Paul Stephens .... producer
Charlie Woebcken .... executive producer (as Dr. Carl Woebken)
Anna Maria Zündel .... executive producer
Marc-Daniel Dichant .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Antoni Lazarkiewicz  (as Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz)
 
Cinematography by
Jolanta Dylewska (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michal Czarnecki  (as Mike Czarnecki)
 
Casting by
Heta Mantscheff 
Weronika Migon 
 
Production Design by
Erwin Prib 
 
Art Direction by
Marcel Slawinski 
Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska  (as Katarzyna Sobanska)
 
Set Decoration by
Mark Rosinski  (as Marc Rosinski)
 
Costume Design by
Jagna Janicka 
Katarzyna Lewinska 
 
Makeup Department
Jolanta Grzelak .... makeup artist
Mandula Hilf .... makeup artist
Janusz Kaleja .... makeup artist
Kinga Krulikowska .... makeup artist
Noura Leder .... makeup artist
Jana Schulze .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bianca Beydoun .... assistant production manager
Lena Bretschneider .... unit production manager
Martin Cichy .... production manager: preproduction
Marta Dziomdziora .... assistant production manager
Tobias Hofmann .... set manager
Stefan Hübert .... set manager
Leila Kessler .... production manager
Jerzy Mizak .... unit production manager
Marc Remmert .... assistant set manager
Alexander Ullmann .... assistant set manager
Jösef Zapala .... set manager: second unit
Markus Bäuerle .... post-production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kasia Adamik .... second unit director
Maciej Besztak .... third assistant director
Olga Chajdas .... first assistant director
David Forsyth .... second assistant director
Hubert Koprowicz .... first assistant director: second unit
Roksana Kotulla .... third assistant director
Daniel Murphy .... first assistant director (as Daniel J. Murphy)
Francesco Paciarelli .... third assistant director
Aleksandra Wadolowska-Muczko .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Kasia Adamik .... storyboard artist
Britta Albert .... assistant set decorator: Eastnor Castle
Anna Anosowicz .... assistant art director
Hubert Bock .... head set dresser (as Hubert Böck)
Frank Braun .... carpenter
Hanko Böttcher .... carpenter
Peter Frenzel .... carpenter
Jan Greiner .... carpenter
Knut Greiner .... head of construction
Joris Hamann .... art director: Germany
Lothar Heinert .... set construction manager
Frank Herzog .... draftsman
Maik Hommel .... carpenter
Philipp Hübner .... carpenter (as Paul Philipp Hübner)
Ulli Isfort .... property master (as Uli Isfort)
Ralf Jagnow .... carpenter
Sven Kastanowiczx .... carpenter (as Sven Kastanowicz)
Ralf Kirchhof .... carpenter (as Ralf Hirchhoff)
Edgar Konkoll .... painter
Olaf Krug .... carpenter
Heiko Krummrich .... carpenter
Hardy Krüger .... carpenter
Robert Krüger .... carpenter (as Robby Krüger)
Attila Krüziu .... first set dresser
Sarag Kuhnt .... set decorator trainee
Niels Müller .... art director: studio set
Michal Pietrzak .... assistant art director
Stanislaw Porczyk .... assistant art director
Matthias Prange .... stand-by carpenter
Ulrike Prib .... painter
Dominik Reindl .... painter
Michael Rhodes .... carpenter
Andrzej Rychtarczyk .... set construction manager
Tobias Schroeter .... sculptor
Maik Seemann .... head carpenter
Thomas Specht .... carpenter
Dirk Strunk .... carpenter
David Thummerer .... on-set property master
Norman Uminski .... carpenter
Ralf Urmoneit .... carpenter
Beatrice Wieczorek .... sculptor
Axel Wieczorkowski .... carpenter
Dariusz Wlodarczyk .... on-set property master
Wolfgang Wrede .... head painter
Dirk Wunderlich .... painter
Jan Wünsche .... swing gang
Detlef Zillich .... carpenter (as Detlev Zillich)
Eryk Roman Zuberek .... property master (as Eryk Zuberek)
 
Sound Department
Rafal Bank .... boom operator
Matthew Chan .... sound re-recording mixer
Rolando Duque .... boom operator
Oren Edenson .... picture preparation and technical support
Jacek Filipczyk .... boom operator
Robert Fletcher .... location sound recordist
Heather Fraser .... assistant sound editor
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Leszek Freund .... sound operator
Jan Grabos .... adr and dubbing editor
Carlos Herrera .... sound mixing facility manager: Theatre D Digital
Rob Hutchins .... adr editor
Agnieszka Kolodziejczyk .... adr and dubbing production manager
Jakub Lenarczyk .... adr recording supervisor
Douglas Lunn .... boom operator
Jeremy MacLaverty .... sound designer
Jeremy MacLaverty .... sound effects editor
Aneta Michalczyk .... adr and dubbing recordist: Falana
Dan Peel .... sound mixing facility manager: Theatre D Digital
Daniel Pellerin .... sound design supervisor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Geoff Raffan .... sound designer
Geoff Raffan .... sound effects editor
Jennifer Renaud .... sound studio coordinator
Trent Richmond .... foley editor
Christian Riegel .... adr and dubbing recordist: Tonbüro
Jan Rudy .... dialogue editor
Jürgen Schulz .... adr technician: Tonbüro
John Sievert .... foley artist
James Mark Stewart .... sound designer
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
Christin Zippel .... adr coordinator: Tonbüro
Alexander Åslund .... sound studio mixing assistant (as Alex Aslund)
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Christian Bierling .... senior special effects technician
Stefan Dotterweich .... special effects technician
Jens Döldissen .... special effects (as Jens Doeldissin)
Max Gretmann .... special effects technician
Stefan Langel .... special effects technician
Arek Rosczak .... special effects
Helge Talkenberger .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Matthias Albrecht .... digital film editor
Christel Brunn .... visual effects producer: TVT .Film+Vfx
Kay Delventhal .... visual effects set supervisor: TVT .Film+Vfx
Erich Eder .... visual effects set supervisor: TVT .Film+Vfx
Martin Gessner .... digital effects supervisor: Upstart! Media
Peter Rech .... visual effects artist
Michael Roos .... visual effects artist
Korbinian Vogel .... visual effects artist
Michael Wagner .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Jan Baranski .... stunt double
Marcin Drabicki .... stunt double
Kristoffer Fuss .... stunt double
Pawel Grzybczyk .... stunt double
Fred Hady .... stunt rigger
Damian Jablonski .... stunt double
Jacek Kadlubowski .... stunt double
Pawel Latos .... stunt double
René Lay .... stunt coordinator: Double Action
Uwe Mansshardt .... stunt double
Zbigniew Modej .... stunt coordinator
Jaroslaw Nowikowski .... stunt double
Jason Oettle .... stunt rigger
Miroslaw Pisarek .... stunt double
Marcin Popek .... stunt double
Daniela Stein .... assistant stunt coordinator
Maja Zupok .... stunt double
Józef Stefanski .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Bajerski .... director of photography: second unit
Pawel Budzisz .... electrician
Jasmin Marla Dichant .... still photographer
Andrzej Glacel .... steadicam operator
Daniel Goldmann .... camera assistant
Andreas Grassmann .... light department: Cinegate
Jerzy Grzywacz .... gaffer
Zbigniew Gustowski .... camera assistant
Kai Habermann .... camera and light managing director: Cinbegate
Gósta Hess .... camera department: Cinegate
Benjamin Hirlinger .... electrician
Martin Jahnke .... electrician
Marek Jaworski .... camera assistant
Jakub Jedrzeijewski .... video assistant
Tomasz Karnowski .... steadicam operator
Jakub Kijowski .... camera operator
Pawel Kincel .... focus puller: second unit
Tobias Kownatzki .... first assistant camera
Ryszard Kozak .... electrician
Julian Krause .... digital imaging technician
Michal Kruk .... electrician
Thorsten Krusche .... light department: Cinegate
Krzysztof Kubiak .... dolly grip
Edward Makówka .... focus puller
Christian Müller .... electrician
Piotr Niemyjski .... camera operator
Piotr Niemyjski .... director of photography: second unit
Maciej Niessner .... camera assistant
Hendrik Olk .... electrician
Robert Palka .... still photographer
Stephan Schneider .... electrician
Robert Sieg .... electrician
Daniel Sippel .... digital cinematography supervisor: Cinegate
Katharina Spuida .... camera trainee
Esther Strehlow .... camera trainee
Wojciech Sulezycki .... camera assistant
Peer Tamms .... grip department: Cinegate
Slawomir Wierzbicki .... assistant steadicam operator
Jens Winkler .... camera operator: underwater
Marcin Wojtaszewski .... electrician
Michael Wähner .... electrician
Pawel Zagorski .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
John Buchan .... casting
Dariusz Dunowski .... adr voice casting
Jason Knight .... casting
Katharina Krischker .... extras casting
Antje Mews .... extras casting
Vicky Wildman .... casting consultant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monika Jordan .... assistant costume designer
Nadine Kremeier .... assistant costume designer
Eliza Milaniuk .... assistant costume designer
Eleonora Owsianka .... assistant costume designer
Justyna Pytko .... assistant costume designer (as Justyna Pytko-Rakowska)
Tomasz Rakowski .... assistant costume designer
Wolfgang Weber .... costume consultant
 
Editorial Department
Mariona Sol&eacute' Aizas .... post-production trainee
Matthias Albrecht .... on-line conformer
Anne Georgi .... post-production trainee
Stefan Gräfe .... assistant editor
Sebastian Göhs .... digital color grader
Andreas Helm .... film scanner
Adam Kaluski .... assistant editor
Ute Lingner .... film lab manager
Stefan List .... assistant editor
Goran Mikic .... colorist: dailies
Stefan Müller .... film lab managing director
Sandra Neundorf .... digital lab supervisor
Ruth Raatz .... color timer
Steffen Reuter .... post-production coordinator
Paul Stephens .... post-production coordinator
Jim Wehse .... assistant editor
Christian Zipperle .... assistant post-production coordinator
Xavier Agudo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Alexander Schönauer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gina Komasa .... music consultant
Wojciech Kowalewski .... musician: percussion
The Polish Radio Symphony Prchestra .... musicians
Guna Project .... music producer: "Salut D'Amour"
Jacek Rogala .... conductor
Filip Wojciechowski .... musician: piano
 
Transportation Department
Philipp Assilin .... driver
Sven Böneker .... driver: property (as Sven Böneke)
Fabian Dolezal .... driver
Siegmar Freiberg .... driver
Józef Frymarski .... driver
Jacek Galicki .... driver
Robert Górczynski .... driver
Malte Mann .... driver: property
Jerzy Mizak .... truck rental: wardrobe and makeup, Top Film
Andreas Pietschmann .... driver
Andreas Pietschmann .... production driver
Wilfried Rieger .... driver
Andrzej Rosenbieger .... driver
Ulrich Schlottau .... car rental: Car Motion Service
Tom Strelow .... driver
Kazimierz Zdanowicz .... driver
René Zeuner .... driver (as Rene Zeuner)
 
Other crew
Marko Adam .... banker: Deutsche Bank
Claudia Anton .... set runner
Martina Besier .... production secretary
Katarzyna Biniecka .... script supervisor/continuity: second unit (as Katarzyna Bielecka)
Mathias Braun .... location scout (as Matthias Braun)
Frank Brauner .... legal
Christian Burghold .... banker: Deutsche Bank
Wolfgang Böhm .... translator: dialogue
Martina Böttcher .... accounting clerk: payroll
Detlef Carell .... accountant: Scholz & Carell
Jerzy Celinski .... horses and carriage wrangler
Darius Cicenas .... armorer
Marin Cöster .... production office trainee
Malgorzata Dedek .... production accountant
Maureen Dorey .... story editor
Jane Douglas .... production accountant
Tony Duarte .... legal
Christian Erl .... set runner
Carsten Fiebeler .... translator: dialogue
Edith Forster .... legal
Peter Frentin .... information technology support
Katia Frenzel .... travel agent: Reisebüro Schäfer Erfurt
Adam Goik .... helper
Jan Grabowski .... historical consultant
Malgorzata Hajewska .... voice artist: Paulina Chiger (as Malgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik)
Kerstin Hamm .... unit publicist: Filmcontact
Doreen Herrmann .... craft service
Marina Ignatjuk .... production consultant
Elnas Isrusch .... production coordinator
Julia Kainz .... unit publicist: Filmcontact
Agnieszka Kik .... production coordinator
Jenny Klingenberg .... cashier
Alexander Klunker .... craft service
Piotr Kolodziejczyk .... production assistant
Robert Krawczyk .... helper
Katrin Kroeger .... banker: ILB Investitionsbank des Landis Brandenburg
Maciej Kubiak .... legal
Stephan Lachenmair .... insurance
Marcus Lengler .... caterer: Filmissimo
Olena Leonenko .... language consultant
Aleksansra Majchrzak .... on-set medic: Ratlomed
Robert Marshall .... story consultant
Christian Meinecke .... location scout
Rainer Metz .... armorer
Likasz Mizak .... helper
Ryszard Mosingiewicz .... language consultant
Josephine Mühln .... production office trainee
Marko Müller .... production office: Berlin, Flatliners
Stephan Neidert .... extras coordinator
Anna Neudert .... project assistant: MCA
Laura Oechel .... project assistant: MCA
Marcin Oginski .... production collaborator
Dorota Paciarelli .... co-production consultant (as Dorota M. Paciarelli)
Dorota Paciarelli .... language consultant (as Dorota M. Paciarelli)
Natalie Pauls .... project supervisor: MCA
Leszek Piskorz .... voice artist: Ignacy Chiger
Sebastian Pohle .... project assistant: MCA
Verena Radke .... extras coordinator
Charlotte Raucamp .... production office trainee
Malgorzata Roszkowska .... script supervisor/continuity
Anna Rozenfeld .... language consultant
Nina Schaarschmidt .... title designer
Nicole Schmidt .... travel agent: Reisebüro Schäfer Erfurt
Roland Scholz .... accountant: Scholz & Carell
Gabriela Schultze .... film lab sales manager
Bernd Seydel .... animal wrangler: Filmtierschule Schweuneke
Mikolaj Skrzypczak .... language consultant
Marciej Slusarek .... legal
Uwe Sobottka .... facility manager: MCA
Miroslaw Stepien .... on-set medic: Ratlomed
Katrin Stolpe .... banker: ILB Investitionsbank des Landis Brandenburg
Stefan Strohbach .... facility manager: MCA
Andrzej Szenajch .... military consultant
Andrea Söffgen .... production secretary
Katharina Tenfeld .... production accountant
Rafal Tokarski .... caterer: Dana Catering
Sören Van Der Heyde .... production collaborator
Sören Van Der Hyde .... location scout
Grzegorz Walewski .... on-set medic: Ratlomed
Richard Warburton .... auditor: Kay & Warburton
Robin Williams .... shipper: Shuttlefreight
Christiane Winter .... accounting clerk
Marcin Zapala .... helper
Karolina Zielonka .... location manager
Radek Zielonka .... helper
Christian Zipperle .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language
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Poland's candidate to compete for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.See more »
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Continuity: 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 »
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Tam Na Rogu Na JanoskijSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Evokes the proper sense of claustrophobia, 18 September 2012
Author: Cameron McAllister from Atlanta, Georgia, United States

My last day in Savannah, I had the the misfortune of having to choose between seeing Lily Tomlin in person at a tribute/screening of "The Late Show" or seeing Agnieszka Holland's baity but promising Holocaust drama, "In Darkness." I chose the later with the hope that I would see Tomlin somewhere around town. I didn't spot her, but I am very pleased with my choice.

"In Darkness" tells the tale of Leopold Socha, a Catholic sewer worker in Lvov, Poland during the Nazi occupation. Along with his work partner, Socha (played magnificently by Robert Wieckiewicz) has begun breaking into the vacant homes of Jewish citizens that have been moved into the ghetto and stashing their valuables in the sewers for his own personal safekeeping. Meanwhile, as the Nazi's began their assault on the ghetto, a large group of Jews manage to dig down under their house and into the sewers where they are surprised by Socha just minutes after breaking through. Socha sees an opportunity to make some money and a deal is struck.

The audience is introduced to so many characters in the first half hour, it can be a bit difficult to know who you really need to focus on. Aside from the obvious lead, Socha, it soon becomes apparent who the other main players are and you form your attachments appropriately. While you see Socha as a loving husband and hard-working father right off the bat, how he takes advantage of the already desperate crowd he finds beneath the city showcases him as a bit less than a hero. Having him forced on you as the unlikely protagonist allows for a great evolution to play out. Wieckiewicz gives us a deeply nuanced turn as he we watch him learn both the impact he has had on those in the darkness and the impact they have had on him.

Visually, the movie is as dark as the name suggests. At least half of the film takes place in the sewers, thus evoking the proper sense of claustrophobia. A couple shots in particular felt nearly iconic to me; a woman in vivid blue running through the gray streets of the ghetto during the Nazi raid, Socha bringing a little girl up to the surface just enough to poke her head above the street. The production tips closer to minimalistic than lush, which works well under Holland's careful direction and in the bleak setting.

The movie is very powerful and carries a scholarly tone that should allow it to maintain a presence in the genre for years. As far as the Academy is concerned, this is a sure bet for a Best Foreign Language nomination (as Poland's submission) and a definite contender to take home the trophy. Wieckiewicz would have a place on my ballot as well as considerations for the film in Best Picture and several technical categories. This would be a great film for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to add to their lineup.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Check out more reviews by Cameron McAllister at Reel Georgia - www.ReelGA.com

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