With Egor Abramenko’s Sputnik still forthcoming, it’ll be worthwhile to make note of its producer, celebrated blockbuster director Fedor Bondarchuk, whose own filmic succession with Attraction sequel, Attraction 2: Invasion, now comes with a handy trailer for its U.S. release from Dark Sky Films, English dubbing included.
2019’s Cannes Market has emerged proficiently for sci-fi fans with Russia being a front runner since making strides with 2017 sci-fi, Attraction. Director Fedor Bondarchuk is back once again for another round of alien invasion and spectacle with Attraction 2 and as such, Variety’s exclusive report on Thursday also brings us our first official teaser.
An unidentified falling object from outer space changes our view of humanity and life beyond Earth. As local residents of aMoscow residential district gather to see the fallen object, it forces mankind to question existing civilization and the potential for learning more.
Following a press release unveiled a few weeks ago, we now have a new IMAX trailer for next month’s one-week engagement of the upcoming blockbuster World War II epic, Stalingrad 3D from director Fedor Bondarchuk. The film is written by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin and stars the newly cast Avengers: Age Of Ultron actor Thomas Kretschmann along with Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina.
The film kicks off its one-week programming in IMAX theaters in North America on February 28, 2014.
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 the 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.
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.
Director Fedor Bondarchuk is touring the world in select countries to share his latest explosive venture in film with the forthcoming release of the World War II epic, Stalingrad 3D. Despite some mixed reviews, the film became the highest grossing movie upon its domestic theatrical Release in October. And through the help of its upcoming one-week engagement in North America through Sony (Columbia Pictures), Bondarchuk is ready to show the rest of us why.
Ergo, the press release:
Columbia Pictures will release Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad in the United States for a one-week exclusive engagement in IMAX 3D theatres nationwide on Feb. 28. The 3D World War II drama has recently become the highest-grossing Russian movie of all time, earning $66.1 million in its six-week theater run.
Stalingrad, which is Russia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film to the Academy Awards, is also the first Russian movie made completely in 3D and the first-ever Russian film to be released in the IMAX format.
“We are delighted with the film and the partnership, and congratulate our friends Fedor Bondarchuk and Alexander Rodnyansky on the record-breaking success of this movie in Russia, followed by a phenomenal performance in China,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.
Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, 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.
“We are proud and pleased to be collaborating with IMAX and Sony on the release of ‘Stalingrad,’ and very excited to be bringing it to American audiences,” Rodnyansky said. “The film has received accolades and has broken box-office records in several countries already; we look forward to its welcome in the US, as well.”
Stalingrad is directed by Bondarchuk (The 9th Company), with a screenplay by Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin, based on chapters from the novel “Life and Fate” by Vasiliy 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 producer Nataliya Gorina.