In the Shadow by David Ondricek (Czech Republic/Poland/Israel, 2012, 106 min.). A noir thriller set behind the Iron Curtain in 1950s Prague, this suspenseful crime drama follows police captain Hakl (Ivan Trojan, four time Czech Lion winner) as he investigates a seemingly mundane robbery. Hakl defiantly continues his investigation even after his superiors bring in Major Zenke (Sebastian Koch, The Lives of Others) a “specialist” from East Germany, who turns his attention to the Jewish community. Handsomely photographed by cinematographer Adam Skiora (My Australia, JF2012), the film was the Czech entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar. In Czech with English subtitles.
“A sleek, gorgeously old-fashioned noir that is stylish, yet clean and controlled…recalls the Coen Brothers’ masterful ‘Miller’s Crossing.’” –Indiewire “A scathing, expertly directed political commentary.” –Hollywood Reporter
“A sleek, gorgeously old-fashioned noir that is stylish, yet clean and controlled…” – Indiewire