Agnieszka Holland's 'In Darkness' to Be Poland's 2012 Oscar Candidate

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Sony Classics will bow the World War II drama in the U.S.

COLOGNE, Germany - Agnieszka Holland's World War II drama In Darkness will represent Poland in next year's Foreign Language Oscar race. The story of a smalltime Polish crook who becomes a hero saving Jews from the Holocaust stars Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska and Kinga Preis alongside German actors including Benno Furmann and Maria Schrader.

Holland is a two-time Oscar nominee, having received a Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 1986 for Angry Harvest and a Best Adapted Screenplay nom for Europa, Europa in 1992.

Stateside, Holland has made a name for herself in recent years directing high-end television series, including episodes of The Wire, Cold Case, Treme and AMC's The Killing.

Sony Pictures Classics, whose track record includes such Foreign Language Oscar winners as Susanne Bier's In A Better World and The Lives of Others by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, picked up U.S. rights to In Darkness at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. In Darkness is set to bow in Poland this September via Kino Swiat.

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