In the Shadow
Director David Ondricek scheduled to attend | June 7 & June 8
Set in Cold War Prague as the Soviets tightened their grip on Czechoslovakia, this suspenseful noir crime drama follows an honest cop whose jewelry heist investigation is taken over by State Security. Czech Oscar® submission.
|June 7, 2013||9:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|June 8, 2013||11:00 AM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
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Set in Prague in 1953, this suspenseful crime drama follows honest police captain Hakl (Ivan Trojan) and his investigation of a seemingly mundane robbery at a goldsmith's shop. In a fraught political climate, this incident is seized by the Communist authorities, who usurp and manipulate the investigation to serve a grander scheme of power and deception. On the orders of State Security, Hakl's investigation is taken over by Major Zenke (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others), an East German specialist, who has been ordered to "prove" the dubious claim that the gold was stolen by the Jewish community to finance Zionist terrorism. But the experienced Hakl's instincts put him on the path of an altogether different story, opposing that of his state-sanctioned superiors. 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. Writer-director David Ondříček is the son of the famous cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček (Amadeus, Ragtime, Silkwood).
After making several documentaries, David Ondrícek made his feature debut in 1996 with The Whisper. In 2000, Ondrícek presented his second feature film, Loners, which brought him great success at home and abroad. He also directed One Hand Can't Clap (2003) and Grandhotel (2006).
|Principal Cast:||Ivan Trojan, Sebastian Koch, Jiri Stepnika, Sona Norisova, David Svehlik|
|Running Time:||106 minutes|
|Producer:||David Ondrícek, Kryštof Mucha, Ehud Bleiberg|
|Screenplay:||Marek Epstein, David Ondrícek, Misha Votruba|
|Music:||Jan P. Muchow, Michal Novinski|
|Awards:||Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign Language Film); Czech Lion Film Awards 2012 (Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Cinematographer, Music, Editing, Visual Arrangements)|
|Filmography:||Grandhotel (2006); One Hand Can't Clap (2003); Loners (2000); The Whisper (1996)|