Russian movie star and director Konstantin Khabensky has defended his decision to include such graphic imagery of the Nazi gas chambers in his film, Sobibor.
The new feature, which is being sold in Cannes by All Media Company, is the story of the 1943 uprising at the Nazi extermination camp, Sobibor. Russian-Jewish army officer Alexander Pechersky, played by Khabensky, led the uprising.
“Otherwise, I would not have been able to show how fast the human life would stop,” the director said.
Khabensky said many younger Russians weren’t even aware of the Holocaust before they saw the film, which was released in Russia last month. “They have started studying it. The film gave them the impulse to research it.”
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