Russian Epic 'The Duelist' to Hit Imax Screens in 2016

Cannes Leviathan Film Still - H 2014

Cannes Leviathan Film Still - H 2014

The historical drama from the 'Stalingrad' and 'Leviathan' studio will be supersized for a release in Russia and internationally.

The Russian pic The Duelist, from the studio behind Stalingrad and the Oscar-nominated Leviathan, is to screen on Imax screens in Russia and select international markets.

The genre movie from Alexander Rodnyansky's Non-Stop Productions and director Aleksey Mizgirev will be digitally supersized by Imax for a giant screen engagement starting in Oct. 2016. The Duelist marks the third Russian-language film to be released on Imax screens.

Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad, the first Russian film Imax released, went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time in Russia and played on Imax screens in the U.S. and China. "After the very successful Russian release of Stalingrad in Imax, we are excited to partner again with Alexander and our friends at Non-Stop Productions on The Duelist," said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment, in a statement on Wednesday.

Imax's interest in The Duelist follows the giant screen exhibitor's increasing investment in non-Hollywood films, especially local language pics for the Chinese market.