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Next festival: 24–30 Nov 2014


European Film Festival, Kilkenny.

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In Darkness Dir. Agnieszka Holland

  • Poland, Germany, Canada
  • 145 mins
  • 2011
  • Historical Drama
  • Colour
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    Director: Agnieszka Holland
    Original Title: W ciemności
    Language: Polish, Yiddish, Ukranian, German

    Main Cast: Agnieszka Grochowska, Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann

    Nominated for a Foreign-Language Oscar last year, Agnieszka Holland’s epic true-life drama about a Catholic sewer worker who hid Jews in the tunnels beneath a small Polish town during the Nazi occupation is unsparing, unsentimental and unforgettable.

    Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha’s conscience. The film is also an extraordinary story of survival as these men, women and children all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of ever increasing and intense danger.

The Bottom Line:

This dramatisation of Jewish refugees rescued in Nazi-occupied Poland was nominated for an Oscar and further demonstrates the outstanding talent of director Agnieszka Holland. The drama which explores the moral complexities of war was a huge box office sensation in Poland. Based on your feedback, we’ve brought it back to SUBTITLE this year.

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