Sony Pictures Classics Takes U.S. Rights to Agnieszka Holland's 'In Darkness' (Berlin)

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BERLIN -- Sony Pictures Classics has picked up U.S. rights to Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness from sales agent Beta Cinema.

The movie, a German-Polish-Canada co-production is based on the true story In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall, telling the tale of a thief who hides a group of Jews in the city's sewers during the Nazi occupation.

The film, which at one point was titled Hidden, is written by David F. Shamoon and stars Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Maria Schrader and Herbert Knaup. It is produced by the Film Works, Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv and Zebra Films.

SPC co-heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard worked with Poland-born Holland on Olivier, Olivier and Europa, Europa while at Orion Classics.

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