written by David F. Shamoon (based on a novel ‘In The Sewers of Lvov’ by Robert Marshall) directed by Agnieszka Holland director of photography Jolanta Dylewska music by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz production design by Erwin Prib, Katarzyna Sobańska, Marcel Sławiński costume design by Katarzyna Lewińska, Jagna Janicka edited by Michał Czarnecki sound by Robert Fletcher, Daniel Pellerin production manager Andrzej Besztak
cast Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Julia Kijowska, Marcin Bosak, Jerzy Walczak
produced by Studio Filmowe Zebra, ul. Puławska 61, 02-595 Warszawa, phone +48 22 845 54 84, fax +48 22 845 65 88, email: email@example.com co-financed by the Polish Film Institute co-produced by Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv GmbH (Head Offices Mitteldeutsches Multimediazentrum, Mansfelder Str. 56 – 06108 Halle|Saale, phone +49 (345) 470 1340, fax +49 (345) 470 1348, Schönhauser Allee 163 – 10435 Berlin, phone +49 (30) 4171 6653, fax +49 (30) 4171 6652), The Film Works Ltd. (2100 Bloor St. West, Suite 6256, Toronto ON Canada, M6S 5A5, phone (705) 887-1576, mobile (416) 985-2139) producer Juliusz Machulski executive producer Wojciech Danowski distributed by Kino Świat, Belwederska 20/22, bud. Uniwersus, 00-762 Warsaw, phone (+48 22) 840 68 01- 05, fax (+48 22) 840 68 06 world sales Beta Film GmbH, Gruenwalder Weg 28 d, 82041 Oberhaching / Munich, Germany, phone +49 89 67 34 69 80, fax +49 89 67 34 69 888
35 mm/HD, 1.85:1, colour, Dolby SR
Poland, Canada, Germany 2011
1943. Lvov under Nazi occupation. Leopold Socha is a petty thief, whose knowledge of the sewers’ maze of tunnels has earned him a menial job as a sewer worker. Meanwhile at street level, the Lvov ghetto is about to be liquidated. A group of Jews plots an escape into the sewers. When they are discovered by Socha, they offer him money to hide them. Although hiding Jews puts the helpers at risk of execution, Socha desperatly needs the money. He sizes the opportunity to profit by keeping them hidden and protected from the devastation above. As the pressureto betray the Jews builds, Socha abandons them to protect himself. But his newly awakened conscience drives him back, and he commits himself to protecting his new ‘family’ at all costs.
Director and scriptwriter (of e.g. Andrzej Wajda films). Shoots in Poland, France, Germany, USA. Works as a theater director as well. Laureate of e.g. Cannes, Gdynia, Viareggio festivals.
1978: Aktorzy prowincjonalni; 1980: Gorączka; 1990: Europa Europa; 1991: Olivier, Olivier; 1993: The Secret Garden; 1997: Washington Square; 2005: Copying Beethoven; 2009: Janosik. Prawdziwa historia