Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes Russian Blockbuster 'Sobibor' for North America

Konstantin Khabenskiy directed the WW2 drama, which is Russia's submission for the 2019 foreign-language Oscar.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up North American rights to Russian blockbuster Sobibor, the WW2 drama from actor-turned-director Konstantin Khabenskiy.

Khabenskiy stars in the true-life story of Alexander Pechersky, the Soviet prisoner who led the only successful revolt in a Nazi death camp, Sobibor, in Poland in 1943. Christopher Lambert plays the head of the Nazi camp.

The Sobibor story has been told before on film. Claude Lanzmann told the tale of the Pechersky uprising in his 2001 documentary Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m. Jack Gold's 1987 TV movie Escape from Sobibor featured Rutger Hauer as Pechersky. 

Khabensky's version is based on the book Alexander Pechersky: Breakthrough Into Immortality by Ilya Vasilyev. Cinema Production and Fetisoff Illusion produced Sobibor with the support of the Alexander Pechersky Foundation.

Sobibor is Russia's official entry for the 2019 Oscars in the best foreign-language category.

The All Media Company is handling international sales on the title.