Sony Pictures Releasing International To Distribute "STALINGRAD," Directed By
Fedor Bondarchuk, In Russia
First Russian-Produced Film To Be Released in IMAX® 3D
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 16, 2013
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- STALINGRAD, the first
Russian-made feature to be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format, will be
distributed in Russia by Sony Pictures Releasing International.
An epic love story set during one of the most devastating battles in modern
history, STALINGRAD's teaser trailer will be screened for the first time in
the U.S. on April 17, 2013 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, when Sony makes
its annual presentation at CinemaCon. The announcement was made today by Rory
Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing, and
Alexander Rodnyansky, head of A.R.Films and producer of STALINGRAD. The deal
was negotiated by Paul Heth of Monumental Pictures.
The movie was shot completely on location in Russia; it is directed by Fedor
Bondarchuk and produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Sergey Melkumov for
Non-Stop Production and Dmitry Rudovsky for Art Pictures. The film is written
by Iliya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin. The release date in Russia will be
The Battle of Stalingrad lasted more than six months through the brutal
Russian winter and ended with the German army surrendering on February 2,
1943, turning the tide of WWII. The film, set in 1942, follows a band of
Soviet soldiers who take refuge in a house in the German-occupied half of
Stalingrad, where they encounter a young Russian woman who has been hiding
there. As a romance grows between the woman and one of the soldiers, the Red
Army prepares for another devastating Nazi attack. Love, grief, passion and
the freedom that only those who face death can experience are balanced against
the sweeping devastation of war.
"We couldn't be more proud or excited to be releasing Stalingrad in Russia,"
said Bruer. "Fedor Bondarchuk is an extraordinary filmmaker and we look
forward to showcasing this film as part of our CinemaCon slate presentation
because international acquisitions such as this are an important part of our
worldwide distribution strategy."
"It's a great pleasure to be working with Sony to bring the dramatic scale of
this story to audiences, and we're thrilled to be the first Russian film ever
to be presented at CinemaCon," said Alexander Rodnyansky. "The Battle of
Stalingrad is a wartime event that will never be forgotten. We are setting a
passionate romance against this massive siege, which makes it a great story
and a great subject for the amazing IMAX format. It's exciting that we are
the first Russian war film to be shot in 3D and to be presented in IMAX 3D."
"We're pleased to partner with Non-Stop Production and Sony Pictures
Entertainment to release the first Russian film in IMAX," said Greg Foster,
Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. "Russia is an important market
for IMAX and it was crucial that we selected a film that was ideally suited
for The IMAX Experience. We believe that the creative vision of Fedor
Bondarchuk and the filmmaking team, combined with STALINGRAD's epic story and
the immersive IMAX 3D format, will make this a 'must see' for moviegoers and a
milestone for both IMAX and Russian cinema."
Fedor Bondarchuk is a Russian film director, actor, TV and film producer and
TV host. He is a founder of the production company Art Pictures Studio,
producers of the Afghan war drama The 9th Company, the first film that
Bondarchuk directed. It was the most profitable Russian movie of 2005 and
winner of seven Golden Eagle Awards. The second film he directed, Inhabited
Island, was released in 2009 and grossed over $30 million in Russia. Both of
these films were produced by Rodnyansky and Melkumov; STALINGRAD is their
third film together.
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