Film ‘The Brest Fortress’ in Pale

On 28 March, at 7.30 p.m., citizens of Pale will have the opportunity to see the first film of the Week of Russian film. The film is directed by Alexander Kott and it is called ‘The Brest Fortess’ (Brestskaia krepost)

It recounts the events surrounding the June 1941 Defense of Brest Fortress against invading Wehrmacht forces in the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. The movie is accompanied by in medias res narration from the perspective of (then) 15-year old Sasha Akimov, and mainly centres on three resistance zones holding out against the protracted German siege, headed by regiment commander Pyotr Gavrilov, the political commissar Yefim Fomin, and the head of the 9th frontier outpost, Andrey Mitrofanovich Kizhevatov.

The plot follows the events as close to historical fact as possible, and the Brest Fortress Museum supervised the plot thoroughly.

The film will be shown in the amphitheatre of Faculty of Philosophy of Pale and the entrance is free for all.

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