Fyodor Bondarchuk’s STALINGRAD opened at $15.5 million for its first week-end in Russia and the Ukraine.
STALINGRAD is Russia’s official entry for the Academy-Awards® Best Foreign Film category. Shot on a $30 million budget, the film tells the story of the 1943 Battle of Stalingrad, including a love story between a Russian woman and a German soldier, and is completely shot in native 3D utilizing 3ality Technica’s TS-5, SIP™, and RED Epic cameras. The film is produced by Sergey Melkumov, Alexander Rodnyansky, and Dmitriy Rudovskiy.
Steve Schklair, 3ality Technica’s CEO, is credited as the 3D producer who says, “I personally got involved with this project because it was one of the most brilliant scripts I have ever read. I absolutely fell in love with the script.” Matthew Blute led the 3D team as Stereographic Supervisor. 3ality Technica’s 3D engineers included Josh Fritts, Rafiel Chait, Gayle Hillary, and Shawn Dufraine, and the 3D Technicians were Geoff Bund and Celine Tricart.
Told from the victorious Russian perspective, STALINGRAD is the first non-American movie shown in the IMAX format and is being distributed by Sony.