In Darkness
In Darkness

In Darkness

Director Agnieszka Holland

Production year 2011

Length 144min.

Country Canada / Germany / Poland


In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. Stumbling upon a group of Jews in the sewers, he agrees to hide them for a price. What starts out as a straightforward business arrangement becomes something unexpected, as they all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of intense danger.



Agnieszka Holland
Agnieszka Holland



Steffen Reuter, Patrick Knippel, Marc-Daniel Dichant, Leander Carell, Juliusz Machulski, Eric Jordan, Paul Stephens


David F. Shamoon, In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall

Director of Photography

Jolanta Dylewska

Production designer

Erwin Prib

Music by

Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz


Michał Czarnecki


Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis

Production company(ies)

Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv GmbH , Zebra Studio Filmowe, The Film Works

Agnieszka Holland

Born 1948, Warsaw, Poland. Film director and scriptwriter. Having graduated from FAMU, the Prague film school in 1971, Agnieszka Holland returned to Poland. She began her film career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her TV film debut was Evening at Abdon's (1975) and her first feature film was Provincial Actors (1978), one of the flagship pictures of the "cinema of moral disquiet" and the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. Earlier in her career, she directed theatre plays, sometimes with her husband, Laco Adamik. In 1981, Holland decided to emigrate to France. Her Europa Europa (1990) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay (Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle winner). Holland had also received an Academy Award nomination in 1985 for Best Foreign Language Film for Angry Harvest (1985). She also collaborated with her friend, Krzysztof Kieslowski, on the screenplay of Blue, the first film of his trilogy, Three Colours (1993). In 2008 Holland was honored with a retrospective of her films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Holland has also been active in television. In 2007 she directed, together with her sister Magdalena Łazarkiewicz and her daughter Katarzyna Adamik, some episodes of the Polish political drama series Ekipa.


Jesus Christ’s Sin (1970, doc.), Obrazki z zycia (segment A Girl and an Aquarius, 1976), Evening at Abdon’s, 1976, TV, short), Niedzielne dzeci (1977, TV), Zdjecia probne (1977), Cos za cos (1977, TV), Aktorzy prowincjonalni (1979), Kobieta samotna (1981, TV), Goraczka. Dzieje jednego pocisku, 1981), Postcards from Paris (1982, TV, doc.), “Kultura” (1985, doc.), Angry Harvest (1985), To Kill a Priest (1988), Europa Europa (1990), Largo desolato (1991, TV), Olivier, Olivier (1992), The Secret Garden (1993), Total Eclipse (1995), Fallen Angels (1995, TV series, 1 ep.), Washington Square (1997), The Third Miracle (1999), Golden Dreams (2001, short), Shot in the Heart (2001, TV), Julie Walking Home (2002), The Wire (2004-2008, TV series, 3 ep.), Cold Case (2004-2009, TV series, 4 ep.), A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, 2006, TV), Copying Beethoven (2006), Ekipa (2007, TV series, 2 ep.), Janosik: A Trues Story (2009), Treme (2010-2011, 3 ep.), In Darkness (2011), The Killing (2011-2012, 3 ep.).

FILMS 2012