The works "Summer" by Kirill Serebrennikov and "Dovlatov" by Alexei German Jr. also participated in the voting.
46-year-old Konstantin Khabensky made his directorial debut this year. The artist shot the military drama "Sobibor", in which he played the main role. It has now become known that the picture of Khabensky was chosen by the members of the Russian Oscar Committee at a special meeting in the Moscow Cinema House as a contender from the Russian Federation for the Oscar.
The picture will be offered in the nomination “Best Foreign Language Film. The committee also considered the film "Summer" by Kirill Serebrennikov and "Dovlatov" by Alexei German Jr. "The film Sobibor has been nominated for an Oscar by Russia. No more comments, this fact is enough," Interfax quoted Vladimir Menshov, chairman of the Russian Oscar committee, as saying.
The film is based on the book by Ilya Vasiliev "Alexander Pechersky: a breakthrough into immortality". He will tell about the lieutenant of the Red Army, who in 1943 ends up in the Sobibor camp. The officer plans to organize a prisoner uprising. May 3 this year, "Sobibor" was released in cinemas. By the way, the idea of the plot was proposed to Khabensky by the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky.
Note that the official list of nominees will be announced in January 2019, and the prestigious award ceremony itself will be held on February 24 in Los Angeles.