In March, 1943, Lvov, Poland is in grip of the Nazi occupation. The weak prey upon the weaker; the poor steal from the less poor. Near the bottom of this chain is Leopold Soha, a petty thief. He knows sewers very well and so he hides his loot there. But there is a group of people in Lvov worse off than Soha – the Jews. Realizing that the ghetto is about to be destroyed, a motley group meets in secret to plot an escape into the sewers. As soon as they enter this dark world, they are discovered by Soha. The Jews offer him money for hiding them. The consequences of aiding Jews are public hanging of the helper and his entire family. But Soha desperately needs this money. As the Nazis start to liquidate the Lvov ghetto, Soha seizes the opportunity to profit by keeping them hidden. As the pressure to betray the Jews builds, Soha finds himself increasingly in danger. But his newly awakened conscience drives him to protect his new "family" at all costs.
Agnieszka Holland (b. 1948 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish film and TV director and a screenwriter. Best recognized for her highly political contributions to polish cinema, Holland is one of Poland’s most prominent filmmakers. Her Jewish father’s parents were killed in the ghetto, and her mother was a Catholic who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. She graduated from the Prague Film and TV Academy (FAMU) in 1971. She began her career as an assistant director for the Polish film directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. Her first major film was "Provincial Actors" (1978) and it won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1980 Festival de Cannes.
Selected filmography: "The Provincial Actors" (1978), "A Lonely Woman" (1981), „Fever“ (1981), "To Kill a Priest" (1987), "Europa, Europa" (1991), "The Secret Garden" (1993), "Total Eclipse" (1995), "Washington Square" (1997), "The Third Miracle" (1999), "Copying Beethoven" (2006, "Kino pavasaris"), "The True Story of Janosik and Uhorcik" (2009), "In Darkness" (2011, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: Poland, Germany
- Runtime: 144 min.
- Director: Agnieszka Holland
- Screenwriter: David F. Shamoon
- Actors: Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny
- Producers: Eric Jordan, Leander Carell, Marc-Daniel Dichant, Patrick Knippel, Juliusz Machulski, Steffen Reuter, Paul Stephens
- Cinematographer: Jolanta Dylewska
- Company: Beta Cinema
- Dialogs: Polish, Yiddish, German, Ukrainian
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: N-16
- IMDB rating: 7.1