"In The Shadow" for the Oscars

Official photo
Official photo


On September 17, members of the Czech Academy of Film and Television decided to select In the Shadow (original title: Ve stínu) by David Ondříček as the official candidate of the Czech Republic for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. In the Shadow was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Intriguing Detective Story

The film is set in Prague, 1953. Ivan Trojan, known for his performances in previous films by Ondříček, plays the role of a police detective who is handling yet another theft case. In his investigation, he is assisted by a specialist from East Germany, played by German actor Sebastian Koch, known for his performance in the Oscar-winning film Lives of Others. As time goes by, their supposedly strictly criminal case becomes more political. “From the beginning we tried to make this into a major European project that would bring together the film industries from various Eastern European countries,” said producer Kryštof Mucha before the launch of shooting.

International Co-production Involving the Polish Film Institute

In the Shadow, made as a co-production between the Czech Republic, Slovaka, and Poland, has Polish cinematographer Adam Sikora as its director of photography. For the first time three Polish regional film funds joined forces – this film was co-financed by the Lower Silesian Film Fund, the Krakow Film Fund, and the City of Łódź. In the Shadow was also co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The film’s Polish producer is Centrala, while filming took place in Prague, Łódź, Wałbrzych, and Walim. Postproduction was done at the Krakow-based Alwernia studio, while the company responsible for special effects is IPM Studio. World sales are handled by US-based Blaiberg Entertainment.


Further details about In the Shadow available at www.intheshadow.pl.


Marta Sikorska


Translated by Karolina Kołtun