The story portrayed in the 1963 cult American film, “The Great Escape” starring Steve McQueen, knows the whole world. We reveal it's unknown part – events that took place in the city of Szczecin.
The official trailer
Stalag Luft III is a camp for particularly 'difficult' cases. Airmen who despite sanctions stubbornly attempt to escape to rejoin the ranks of the RAF. In the beginning, they are mostl British and later also citizens of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and European countries such as Poland.
A group of prisoners escape through a tunnel from the best guarded camp of the Third Reich - Stalag Luft III - 200 km from Szczecin. Two Norwegian pilots Per Bergsland and Jens Müller choose Szczecin. In a French brothel they look for ally. Harry Day and Pole Paul Tobolski, wearing Luftwaffe uniform, also reach the city. Their only chance is Pole's sister, who married a German. It is a race against time.
'The Great Escape to the North' is a unique docu-drama, keeping the viewer in suspense from the first minute to the last. The heroic act of RAF's airmen was a great effort fulfiling the eternal need for freedom.
The poster of 'The Great Escape to the North' was created by classic artist and master of Polish posters – Andrzej Pagowski, who also was present at the first screening in Szczecin.
The first closed screening for the co-producers, partners and special guests took place in Szczecin in the Helios cinema, on the 70th anniversary of the Great Escape.
A closed screening of the film took place on 25th March 2014, on the 70th anniversary of The Great Escape. Special Guests – relatives of main characters, representatives of the Norwegian and British Embassies honoured the screening with their visit.
A letter of recommendation from Karsten Klepsvik - Ambassador of Norway - can be read here.