Agnieszka Holland's pic a unanimous choice

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA — Poiand has picked Agnieszka Holland’s new film ”In Darkness” (”W ciemnosci”) as the country’s candidate for the foreign-language film Oscar race.

An early contender out of the gate in the race for the best foreign language film at next February’s 84th Academy Awards, the film was an unanimous choice by Poland’s Oscar committee, headed by culture minister Bogdan Zdrojewski.

A Polish-German-Canadian coproduction, ”In Darkness” is a wartime story of a petty crook, Leopold Socha, who becomes a hero when he risks his own life and those of his loved ones to keep safe in hiding a dozen men, women and children who face extermination by the Nazis.

It’s the third time Agnieszka Holland has been nominated for the Oscars; in 1992 for best adapted screenplay for ”Europa, Europa”; and in 1986 for best foreign language film ”Angry Harvest,” representing West Germany.

Produced by Studio Filmowe Zebra, and co-produced by Hidden Films Inc. (Canada) and Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv GmbH (Germany), the pic was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and the Lodz Film Fund.

Sony Pictures Classics is handling US distribution and rights. Polish distribution is through Kino Swiat with a theatrical release due in September.

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