16.12.2011 20.Kislev. 5772
Agnieszka Holland's ‘In Darkness’ grapples with moral complexities with a documentary-style realism.
Agnieszka Holland set three conditions for herself when she agreed to make "In Darkness", her harrowing new film based on the true story of a Polish petty thief and sewer worker who helped a handful of Jews escape the Nazis by hiding in sewers.
First, it couldn’t be shot in English, said Holland, whose credits include the feature films "Europa Europa" and "The Secret Garden" and episodes of HBO’s "The Wire" and "Treme". It had to be made in the authentic languages of Polish, German, Yiddish and Ukrainian.
Second, Holland insisted on imbuing the film with documentary-like realism by shooting parts of it in real sewers, in bad lighting….