Columbia Pictures will release Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad in the U.S. for a one-week exclusive engagement in IMAX 3D theatres nationwide starting February 28th. The 3D World War II drama is already the highest-grossing Russian movie of all time, earning $66.1 million in its six-week theatrical release there.
Stalingrad, which is Russia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards, is also the first Russian film made completely in 3D and the first-ever Russian film to be released in IMAX.
Sony Pictures president Rory Bruer added, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Russia’s top-grossing movie of the year to US audiences. 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.”
Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected a Russian woman who has been living there. Presented in IMAX 3D, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.
Stalingrad is directed by Fedor Bondarchuk (The 9th Company), with a screenplay by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin. The film is based on chapters from the novel “Life and Fate” by Vasiliy Grossman. Stalingrad stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, The Pianist), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.
Check out some images and the official movie poster for Stalingrad, below.