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In the Shadow

July 14, 2013

Czech Republic | 2012 | 106 minutes | David Ondricek

Set in Cold War Prague as the Soviets tightened their grip on Czechoslovakia, this suspenseful noir crime drama (and this year's official Czech Oscar® submission) follows an honest cop whose jewelry heist investigation is taken over by State Security.

A seemingly mundane robbery at a goldsmith's shop is manipulated by the Communist authorities to serve a grander scheme of power and deception. Major Zenke (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), an East German specialist, has been ordered to "prove" the dubious claim that the gold was stolen by the Jewish community to finance Zionist terrorism. But his instincts put him on the path of an altogether different story. Can one just man stand up to the forces of an increasingly oppressive state? Somber and atmospheric, In the Shadow is a compelling study of the Stalinist era from writer-director David Ondříček, the son of the famous cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček (Amadeus, Ragtime, Silkwood).

Director: David Ondricek
Principal Cast: Ivan Trojan, Sebastian Koch, Jiri Stepnika, Sona Norisova, David Svehlik
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, Slovak Republic
Year: 2012
Running Time: 106 minutes
Screenplay: Marek Epstein, David Ondrícek, Misha Votruba
Cinematographers: Adam Sikora
Website: http://www.intheshadowfilm.com/
Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2012; Winner of 8 Czech Lion Film Awards including Best Film & Best Director
Filmography: Grandhotel (2006); One Hand Can't Clap (2003); Loners (2000); The Whisper (1996)
Language: Czech, German
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