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Opening in the U.S. in February, Stalingrad is Russia’s official entry for the 86th Academy Awards and the first Russian motion picture to be presented in IMAX 3D. The film tells the epic story of the 1942 battle on the bank of the Volga River that changed the course of World War II and the people who managed to preserve their humanity under inhuman conditions. Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk, the drama stars Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach, Pyotr Fyodorov, Mariya Smolnikova, Aleksey Barabash, Andrey Smolyakov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Dmitriy Lysenkov, Oleg Volku, and Yuriy Vladimirovich Nazarov. In an exclusive interview, Bondarchuk and producer Alexander Rodnyansky talked about what inspired them to tell a traditional World War II story in a new and visually powerful way with IMAX 3D, how they worked with a talented ensemble of actors to bring the story to life, the unique production challenges they encountered, »
- Sheila Roberts
Tagline: "The moment you wake up, the nightmare begins." Open Grave is a post-apocalyptic thriller from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18). This title has already released in Italy and Tribeca Films will release this title through video-on-demand formats late in December, 2013, with a theatrical release to follow shortly after that. The film stars Joseph Morgan (Immortals), Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) and Sharlto Copley. Most recently, an English clip was released for this film, called "Drop Your Weapons." As well, an English trailer has been revealed for the film. Both clips show John (Copley) recovering from a gruesome event, which he has no memory of. Those he meets are also amnesiatic and an external threat, which is very hungry, is forcing them to work together, to recover their past. Open Grave will release in the United States, beginning December 24th, 2013. This small feature looks to bring some intrigue and mystery to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
A pair of trailers for two World War II films have arrived, the first is actually a three-part miniseries titled Generation War, which has been described as "Germany's 'Band of Brothers'" and will be released theatrically by Music Box Films on January 15, though only at New York's IFC Center and I doubt it will be expanding much further. Set in Berlin 1941, the miniseries centers on five friends eager to become heroes in the German army only to later find their lives irrevocably damaged after years of bloodshed. Directed by Philipp Kadelbach, the film stars Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schuttler, Ludwig Trepte and Miriam Stein. Here's the trailer. yt id ="XwH35_w1oZY" width="610" Next we have Stalingrad from director Fedor Bondarchuk. The film is a 3D action film that recently stormed the Chinese box office to the tune of $8.3 million during its opening weekend and has been submitted by »
- Brad Brevet
Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad, Russia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, broke records earlier this month when it played in China. As Russia’s first film shot in 3D and IMAX, it is, like Ron Burgundy, kind of a big deal. Now, Sony has released the first full international trailer so audiences everywhere can get their first look at what the fuss is all about.
Based on the bloody battle for the city of Stalingrad during WWII, the film tells the story of a small group of Soviet soldiers who survive a disastrous operation against the Nazis. Moving away from many action-oriented war films, Stalingrad focuses on the emotions of these six men and even takes on a romantic element when they discover a girl taking refuge in an abandoned house.
Check out the incredible trailer (it’s worth it, there’s fire and guns and a »
- Tom Durbin
The steamroller that is Fyodor Bondarchuk’s 3D extravaganza “Stalingrad,” bulldozing its way through B.O. records in Russia and China, is big, loud and full of explosions. It’s also awash in stereotypes, and lacks any characterization more than a millimeter thick. Set during the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942, the pic focuses on a handful of Soviet soldiers holding off Nazis in the city’s central square, with a couple of dames tossed in for sentiment. Russia’s foreign-language film Oscar entry and the first Imax 3D movie released in the Motherland, “Stalingrad” is unlikely to do more than middling biz in the Eurozone.
The Battle of Stalingrad, sometimes called the bloodiest single battle on record, has been cinematic fodder for decades, most recently in 2001′s “Enemy at the Gates.” Scripters Ilya Tilkin and Sergey Snezhkin choose to concentrate on a limited period in a small geographic area; it »
- Jay Weissberg
Witness the story of six brothers in arms. Damn. Russia has gone seriously epic with this movie, and I can't wait to see it. While this has been set for international release soon, we haven't posted a trailer for it before. Sony has unveiled a full trailer for Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, starring Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina and Philippe Reinhardt, telling the story of the 1942 WWII Battle of Stalingrad. "While the whole might of the German army descended upon them, the heroes of Stalingrad would experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die." They went all out and built a massive set, shooting this in 3D and IMAX at the same time. Take a look. Here's the full trailer for Fedor Bondarchuk's Stalingrad, found right on YouTube (via TheMovieBox): Bondarchuk's Stalingrad is set during one »
- Alex Billington
It’s been ages since I’ve seen a WWII movie that can truly be called epic, and I have to say, Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk sure looks like he’s got the epicness down in his new WWII movie “Stalingrad”. I mean, guys on fire? Tanks blasting things to smithereens? An entire city choking on flames? And finally, well-timed slow-motion gunplay to achieve maximum pathos? What more could you want? Check out a slightly new (well, new-ish) trailer for the movie. I actually preferred the original trailer, with the Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World” track, which made it so haunting. The only name I recognize from the cast is Thomas Kretschmann, who used to star in the canceled TV show “The River”, and is currently playing a very new version of Van Helsing in NBC’s “Dracula”. Which is ironic, because he also recently starred as Dracula in »
While Russia and Hollywood both want a piece of the other's box office pie, they are more likely to come out ahead by working together on big commercial projects than emerging indie pictures. One good example is rising actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk's $30 million "Stalingrad," which is Russia's official Oscar entry this year, and the country's first film produced entirely in 3-D.What does it have going for it? Well, it's a 3-D epic romance set against a famous and pivotal World War II battle between the Russians and the Germans. August Diehl ("Inglourious Basterds") and Thomas Kretschmann ("Resident Evil") lead the international cast.While in St. Petersburg in summer 2012 thanks to Russian sales agency Roskino, I got to tour to a wet and muddy movie set commandeered by Bondarchuk, who had starred in two of the Roskino selection, the commercial comedy "Spy" and the romance "Two Days." Charismatic and well-muscled, »
- Anne Thompson
Stalingrad Trailer. Fedor Bondarchuk‘s Stalingrad (2013) movie trailer stars Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina, Philippe Reinhardt, Heiner Lauterbach, and Pyotr Fyodorov. Stalingrad‘s plot synopsis: “an epic love story set during the devastating battle for Stalingrad that lasted more than six months and ended with the German army surrendering in 1943.” On the [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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