Leopold Socha (Wieckiewicz) works in the Lvov sewer system. He is also a thief and a burglar. During the Nazi siege and their extermination of Jews in the ghettos, he encounters a group of Jewish fugitives in the sewers, trying to escape their executioners. Initially hiding them in return for money, the catholic Socha and his family gradually develop their moral indifference into more profound, human engagement. Are they willing to pay the price when their lives are at stake?

Agnieszka Holland convincingly depicts the human condition and avoids the blunt dichotomy between "good" and "evil". Minimal lighting emphasizes both the physical darkness of the world below, as well as the darkness of humanity in the world above. Sometimes the gloomy atmosphere is interrupted by a glimpse of natural and human light. Based on the true story about Leopold Socha, »In Darkness« explicitly presents the fear, the pain and the unspeakable cruelties of this troublesome, claustrophobic, yet ultimately hopeful story.

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Title
In Darkness
Director
Agnieszka Holland
Country
Germany/ Poland
Length
145 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
Polish/ Ukrainian/ German/ Yiddish
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup
Producer
Leander Carell, Wojciech Danowski, Marc-Daniel Dichant, Eric Jordan, Patrick Knippel, Juliusz Machul
Script
David F. Shamoon

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