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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.


Agnieszka Holland
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jerzy Walczak ... Jacob Berestycki
Oliwer Stanczak Oliwer Stanczak ... Pawel Chiger
Milla Bankowicz Milla Bankowicz ... Krystyna Chiger
Krzysztof Skonieczny ... Szczepek
Kinga Preis ... Wanda Socha
Aleksander Mincer Aleksander Mincer ... Szlomo Landsberg (as Olek Mincer)
Piotr Glowacki ... Icek Frenkiel
Maria Semotiuk ... 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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From the Director of Europa Europa See more »


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Poland | Germany | Canada


Polish | Ukrainian | Yiddish | German

Release Date:

5 January 2012 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A város alatt See more »

Filming Locations:

Brandenburg, Germany See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,413, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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 »


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Written by Henry Vars (as Henryk Wars) and Emanuel Schlechter
Performed by Milla Bankowicz
Licensed Courtesy of ZAIKS (Poland)
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compelling history
6 November 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's WWII in German-occupied Polish city Lwów. Leopold Socha is a sewer worker and an opportunist looking to enrich himself with Jewish gold. At first, he and his co-worker friend Szczepek Wróblewski help the Jews but only for a price. However, the danger of discovery mounts. Some people get suspicious. Leopold finds himself alone hiding his group even after they run out of money.

The obvious holocaust movie comparison is the great 'Schindler's List'. Of course, there is similarity between Schindler and Socha. However the characters in this movie seem move gritty. It's more than the grungy sewer location. It is the people's pettiness and ugly racism. It's not just the Germans, or the Ukranians or the Poles. It's also the Jews. For most of the movie, the motives are not high-minded. Fear and the survival instincts hold sway. The eventual idealism comes not as a single revelation as Schindler riding his horse watching the ghetto be liquidated. It comes in a series of steps that moves forward and backwards. More than once, Socha almost abandons his Jews and almost as many times, Socha is about to be killed by his Jews. This is more gritty and compelling in a different way. Socha is a hero almost by chance but it is his humanity overcoming his fears that is the true story. He is no mover and shaker. He is a blue collar grunt and he risks the little that he had for the sake of strangers. Filming in the narrow confines of the sewer set does limit the visual scale. It doesn't always provide the best views.

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