The film is Defiance and is directed by Edward Zwick (Glory, Last Samurai, Blood Diamond and academy award winning producer).
Tuvia Bielski was born in 1906, the olderst of four brothers. The Bielski family was a family of Jewish farmers who lived in Stankievichy (present day Belarus) . There four brothers, Tuvia, Alexander (Zus), Asael, and Aron, lived in an area at the beginning of WWII that was under Soviet Control.
In June 1941 when the German's launched the Operation Barbarossa campaign against the Soviet's, they made the city of Navahrudak a Jewish ghetto, where the Bielski family was sent.
In December of 1941 the Bielski brother's parents were killed and the brothers along with 13 others retreated to the forest to create a Jewish resistance combat group led by Tuvia. Men were sent into the ghettos to bring them to Bielski forest camp, which eventually numbered over 1000 men, women, and children. In the forest they made their own city structure including places of worship. The people in the camp primarily lived in underground dugouts.
Tuvia's had a Zionist youth movement background and was dedicated to saving people from death, more than killing Nazis.
By 1943 the Nazis were aware of Tuvia Bielski and offered a reward for his capture. As the war progressed the Jewish Partisans began to also work with Soviet Partisans with Tuvia's brother "Zus" also taking leadership within the group.
The resistance group disbanded in 1944 when Belarus was liberated. At this time the 1230 Bielski partisans emerged from the forest.
Asael Bielski went on to fight with the Soviet Army, and died in 1945. Zus and Aron went to the United States, while Tuvia went to Poland and then emigrated to Palestine in 1945.
Tuvia died in 1987.
The story of the Bielski brothers is the dedicated topic of two books: The Bielski Brothers by Peter Duffy and Defiance: The Bielski Partisans by Nechama Tec, as well as a 2006 History Channel special The Bielski Brothers: Jerusalem In The Woods.
The film not only stars Daniel Craig as Tuvia, but also features Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, and George MacKay as the other three brothers. Edward Zwick and Clayton Foreman have written the screenplay based on Nechama Tec text.
I would expect to see some technical recognition from the crew of this film, but what about Craig?
Will Daniel Craig get some critical claim or his first Oscar nomination/win for his portrayal of this Real (Reel) Person?