Poland’s Holland, Exploring Holocaust History Again
The film In Darkness tells a remarkable story of survival underground — under the streets, in fact, in the Polish city of Lvov — during World War II. It was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, who knows the subject and the setting firsthand, and it’s one of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.
And for Holland, it’s a return to a subject she’d sworn off. She’d decided long ago that she didn’t want to revisit the Holocaust in her films, so she rejected — twice — a script she really liked called In Darkness. The story haunted her, but she told the screenwriter and producers no.
“I said that I cannot spend another three years of my life in the Holocaust time, and that is too painful, and I know how costly it is psychologically.”