Where the Devil says Goodnight


Cell 27. Baranovichi Prison WW2, from Ron’s novel and US Cultural and Heritage Award-nominated screenplay;

Where the Devil says Goodnight.


Young newlywed Beata Karp, after being incarcerated in a prison camp in Siberia during WWII, takes a perilous journey through Siberia in the hope of reuniting with her family and freeing them from their work camp.

On a Russian-occupied Bialystok street in early 1940, educated, down-to-earth, Lithuanian aristocrat Beata is arrested with her Polish husband Kaz. They’re taken on a three-day long journey with little food and water only to find themselves imprisoned in infamous Baranovichi where a brutal Russian interrogator knows she speaks five languages, which can only mean one thing: she must be a spy. Kaz is tortured to death and four months later Beata is sentenced to ten years in a Siberian Gulag near the Arctic Circle. The 5,000 innocent ladies name it, ‘The Gates of Hell’. Polish citizens call Siberia, ‘Where the Devil Says Goodnight’. The needle on the Richter scale of misery is about to set new records.

The lady featured was a great friend of Ron’s and she trusted him with her true and incredible story. It was a privilege to have had her as a family friend.

Screenplay nominated for a US Heritage and Cultural award placed 10th-2009 entries in a competition.


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Edited comments from two professional readers

You have tackled such a challenging story. I am impressed with your ability to build and draw me into such a dark and bleak world.
WHERE THE DEVIL SAYS GOODNIGHT covers subject matter that hasn’t really made its way into American history textbooks. During the reigns of Hitler and Stalin. Poland and other Eastern European countries acted as a buffer zone between Germany and Russia. The people of this region suffered unspeakable tragedies that have been mostly overlooked by mainstream American cinema.

Other important events of this period have been covered many times, but I don’t recall seeing the WWII era from the perspective you present.
The historical aspects of this script are very interesting. I really enjoyed seeing a new story from the WWII era. Like many stories set in this time period, GOODNIGHT has its share of tragedy. However, the indomitable spirit of Beata leaves the reader with a sense of hope.
You do a fine job describing the bleak, harsh environments that Beata is thrust into the disgusting conditions of the camps, the vile behavior of the Russians, the unbearable cold. All of this contrasts nicely with Beata’s idyllic childhood. Her time as a young girl on the estate is full of warmth and love.

The environment is character and your attention to detail here shows that you understand this concept. You have some strong characters to work with. The circumstances of Beata’s life and the way she met the challenges that faced her make her a memorable protagonist. Yaga’s spirit and humor make some of these brutal scenes more palatable. In fact, most of your characters show amazing strength in the face of death and despair. Overall, this is a decent effort. The stark, violent images and the history lesson presented in GOODNIGHT are what works best.
Thanks for the read.




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