In The Darkroom

by Nadav Schirman

In The Darkroom


Magdalena Kopp was married to the most wanted terrorist in the world: Carlos "the Jackal". She followed him through the birth of international terrorism, of which he became the star.

From the small conservative Bavarian town where she grew up, to the '68 revolutionary zeitgeist of Berlin and the radical leftist cells of Frankfurt, Magdalena was easily influenced. Driven by a need to belong, she found herself in the arms of the man who was fast becoming the first celebrity-terrorist in the world. She followed him into dangerous international intrigues in a nebulous world of secret services and shady governments, and gave birth to their daughter Rosa. When Magdalena realized that the political ideals were long gone, and only greed for power stood behind their violent struggle, it was too late, she was too deeply involved.

For some Carlos is a revolutionary, to others a murderer, but for Rosa he's a father, one she has not seen in 19 years, one she only knows through the media.

While Carlos stands trial in Paris, mother and daughter take a courageous journey beyond the shadows of his myth.


Schirman's first film, THE CHAMPAGNE SPY (Israel-Germany 2008) won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for the European Film Prize, and won the John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature, as well as garnering many other international awards and nominations. It is currently being adapted into a large-scale fiction production by Oscar and Palme D'or winning director Bille August and Oscar nominated producer Uli Limmer.

IN THE DARKROOM is Schirman's second feature-length documentary, part of a trilogy that continues with THE GREEN PRINCE. Currently in production, based on New York Times non-fiction best seller "Son of Hamas", THE GREEN PRINCE is also produced by Schirman through his Frankfurt based A List Films GmbH, in collaboration with Oscar winning producers John Batsek ("One Day in September") and Simon Chinn ("Man on Wire").


Written and directed by Nadav Schirman
Producer Karl Baumgartner
Cinematography Tuomo Hutri
Sound André Zacher
Editor Joelle Alexis
Music Lasse Enersen

Technical Data

Format: Documentary Feature / Color / 88 min
Original language: German, English, French, Hungarian


In The Darkroom
In The Darkroom

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