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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Poland | Germany | Canada

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,413, 12 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,041,455

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,977,878
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Poldek is taking a bath, a scar from a smallpox vaccine is clearly visible on his left arm. Most of the world's populace wasn't vaccinated before the WHO Smallpox Vaccination program began in 1967. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Holocaust Films (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The movie is the Polish Oscar entry....
9 January 2012 | by ezager-1See 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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