Russian 3D Pic 'Stalingrad' to Have One-Week Engagment in IMAX Theaters
Stalingrad, Russia's highest-grossing film of all time, will have a one-week engagement in IMAX theaters, Columbia Pictures announced on Thursday.
The one-week IMAX showing will begin on Feb. 28. Sony is planning to release it in other theaters at a later date.
The 3D World War II epic, which is Russia’s official entry for best foreign language film to the Academy Awards, is the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and the first Russian film to be released in IMAX format.
Following a band of Russian soldiers fighting to hold a strategic building against a ruthless German army, Stalingrad is already a big hit in foreign markets after opening in Russia, China, Poland and Ukraine. It became Russia’s highest-grossing movie of all time when it earned $66 million since opening on Oct. 10. It's also grossed $11.5 million in China after opening in late October.
Stalingrad is directed by Fedor Bondarchuk from a screenplay by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin and is based on chapters from the novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. The film stars Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.
Stalingrad is produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Dmitriy Rudovskiy, Anton Zlatopolskiy, with executive producers Nataliya Gorina, Paul Heth and Michael Schlicht.
"We’re thrilled to be bringing Russia’s top-grossing movie of the year to U.S. audiences," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures, in a statement. "Stalingrad is not only an incredibly well-told story -- it is visually spectacular with an amazing use of 3D, and is perfect for the IMAX format."