World War II thriller Stalingrad to become first Russian film to get IMAX 3D release

IMAX and Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky today announced that the World War II 3D epic Stalingrad will be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX 3D format and released in IMAX theatres in Russia and the CIS in October of 2013. This marks the first Russian-language film to be released in the IMAX format.

Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk and starring Pyotr Fedorov and Thomas Kretschmann, the movie recounts the Battle of Stalingrad, a turning point in the Second World War in which Soviet troops fought and eventually won control over the South Russian city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), occupied by Nazi troops in February 1943. Stalingrad is produced by AR Films subsidiary Non-Stop Production and Art Pictures Studio.

As one of IMAX’s fastest-growing international markets, with 22 theatres currently open and 23 more in backlog, Russia and the CIS is home to some of IMAX’s highest-grossing theatres in the world. In 2011, four of the top 20 highest-grossing international IMAX sites were located in Russia and the CIS.

“We are proud that IMAX has chosen our film to be the first Russian production presented in the IMAX 3D format,” said Alexander Rodnyansky, Producer and Chairman of A.R. Films. “We believe that by combining the incredible directional style of Fyodor Bondarchuk with IMAX’s amazing technology, we will be able to make the powerful story of Stalingrad the ultimate movie-going experience for Russian audiences.”

“Producer Alexander Rodnyansky and director Fyodor Bondarchuk are responsible for some of Russia’s most successful films and we are honored to be partnering with them on this epic motion picture,” said IMAX Film’s Greg Foster. “Stalingrad brings together these talented filmmakers with a powerful story that – when presented in IMAX – will offer Russian audiences the ‘you-were-there’ experience that IMAX is known for.”

Stalingrad: An IMAX 3D Experience will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Stalingrad is a drama set in 1942, during one of the most important battles of World War II, which stopped the progress of Nazi forces and turned the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Soviet army mounts a counter-attack on Nazi forces that occupy half of Stalingrad on the other side of the Volga, but the operation to cross the river is unsuccessful. A few soldiers who managed to get to the other side take refuge in a house on the bank of Volga. Here they find a girl who didn’t escape when the Germans came. While the whole might of the German army descends onto them, the heroes of Stalingrad experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die. They defend the house at all costs while the Red Army prepares for another attack.