I am really looking forward to attending the UK premiere of the Russian film Sobibor, at the Belmont Filmhouse on Saturday 08 December at 5.30pm.
The special screening, which is free to attend, has been organised by the Moscow Caledonia Club, and I will have the privilege of saying a few words of welcome before the screening.
The film (cert 18) is based on the history of the Sobibor extermination camp uprising during WWII, and the life of Soviet officer Alexander Pechersky. When he was a Prisoner of War (POW) he managed to do the impossible – to organise a revolt and mass escape of prisoners. Many of the escapees were later caught and killed – the rest, led by Pechersky, managed to join the partisans.
As a keen historian I’ve read about Alexander Pechersky and his heroic deeds and I’m keen to see his story told through the movie Sobibor directed by and starring Konstantin Khabensky.
Following the film there will be a Q&A session, which will feature one of the film’s leading actors German-born Wolfgang Cerny, who has travelled to Aberdeen specially to be part of the premiere.
I delighted to say that the Consul General of Russia in Edinburgh Andrey A. Pritsepov will also attend the event.
Being able to present the UK premiere here in Aberdeen highlights the very ambitious cultural plans of the Moscow Caledonia Club to further encourage and develop the cultural and social connections and exchanges between our two cities.
I look forward to seeing a great many people from near and far at the UK’s premiere of Sobibor, which is Russia’s entry in the Best Foreign Language film category for the 2019 Oscars.
The film is in Russian with English subtitles. Admission is free. Advance booking is recommended.
49 Belmont Street
Tel 01224 343500