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Sobibor (Russian: Собибор) is a 2018 Russian war drama film сo-written, directed by and starring Konstantin Khabensky.[6][7][8] The picture also stars Christopher Lambert and was released on 3 May, 2018 in Russia.[3] It was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.[9]

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Directed byKonstantin Khabensky
Produced by
  • Elmira Aynulova
  • Nataliya Doroshkevich
  • Kestutis Drazdauskas
  • Mariya Zhuromskaya
Screenplay by
Music byKuzma Bodrov
CinematographyRamunas Greicius
Cinema Production[1]
Fetisov Illusion
Distributed byKaroprokat[2]
Release date
  • May 3, 2018 (2018-05-03) (Russia)
LanguageRussian, German, Polish, Yiddish
Budget$2.4 million[4]
Box office$5 million[5]



The film is based on a real story that happened in 1943 in the Sobibor concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. The main character of the movie is the Soviet-Jewish soldier Alexander Pechersky, who at that time was serving in the Red Army as a lieutenant. In October 1943, he was captured by the Nazis and deported to the Sobibor concentration camp, where Jews were being exterminated in gas chambers. But, in just 3 weeks, Alexander was able to plan an international uprising of prisoners from Poland and Western Europe. This uprising resulted in being the only successful one throughout the war, which led to the largest escape of prisoners from a Nazi concentration camp.



Initially the project was titled "Legend of the Escape".[10] In early reports, Andrey Malyukov was credited as director,[11] but at a press conference in September 2017, it was revealed that Khabensky in fact directed the film.[12]

Principal photography took place near Vilnius, Lithuania.[10]


Samuel Goldwyn Films has secured North American distribution rights.[13] The U.S. release date is April 2, 2019.[14]

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  1. ^ "Sobibor". Cinema Production.
  2. ^ "Хабенский и Ламберт приступили к съемкам в фильме о восстании в лагере смерти Собибор" (in Russian). Russian News Agency TASS.
  3. ^ a b Denis Korsakov. "10 российских фильмов 2018 года: Козловский уходит в тренеры, а Хабенский рассказывает о восстании в концлагере" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda.
  4. ^ "СОБИБОР". KinoBusiness.
  5. ^ "Sobibor (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Escape from a Nazi death camp: Film on Soviet prisoner-led revolt in Sobibor to premiere in April". RT.
  7. ^ "Константин Хабенский стал режиссером фильма "Собибор"" (in Russian). Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
  8. ^ "Константин Хабенский дебютировал в роли режиссера" (in Russian). OK!.
  9. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (10 September 2018). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Sobibor' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Фильм "Легенда о побеге" с Хабенским и Ламбертом выйдет в прокат весной" (in Russian). RIA Novosti.
  11. ^ "В Литве начались съемки "Легенды о побеге" с Хабенским и Ламбертом" (in Russian). RIA Novosti.
  12. ^ "Картина о побеге из концлагеря "Собибор" стала режиссерским дебютом Константина Хабенского" (in Russian). TASS.
  13. ^ Barraclough, Leo (November 23, 2018). "Samuel Goldwyn Takes U.S. Rights to Russian Oscar Entry 'Sobibor'". Variety. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Billington, Alex (March 1, 2019). "Official Trailer for 'Sobibor' About a Soviet Escaping from a Nazi Camp". First Showing. Retrieved March 5, 2019.

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