LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that the visually stunning and action-packed Russian-language film, The Duelist, from Non-Stop Productions – the studio behind Russian hit Stalingrad and Golden Globe®-winning and Academy Award®-nominated Leviathan – will be digitally re-mastered in the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres in Russia and select international markets starting October 2016.
Marking the third Russian-language film to be released in IMAX, The Duelist is directed by Alexei Mizgirev and produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, who co-owns Non-Stop Productions with Sergey Melkumov. The film features an acclaimed cast of Russian and European stars, including Pyotr Fyodorov (Stalingrad), Vladimir Mashkov (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Yuri Kolokolnikov (TV's Game of Thrones) and Martin Wuttke (Inglorious Basterds).
"The Duelist is an exciting, thrilling and compelling story that will resonate with modern audiences," said Rodnyansky. "Scale of production, compelling characters, technological tools and attention to historical context, combined with the breathtaking presentation of The IMAX Experience® all make The Duelist an engrossing film that will transport audiences to the unexpected and intriguing world of 19th-century Saint Petersburg."
Stalingrad, which was the first Russian film ever to be released in IMAX, went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time in Russia.
"After the very successful Russian release of Stalingrad in IMAX, we are excited to partner again with Alexander and our friends at Non-Stop Productions on The Duelist," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "IMAX enjoys a strong presence in the Russian market and this exciting film will provide Russian audiences with one of their most anticipated movies of 2016."
The IMAX® release of The Duelist will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
About The Duelist
An adventure film, with dramatic and thriller elements set against the backdrop of palaces and the noble view of the Russian capital, The Duelist centers on Yakovlev, a retired officer, who returns to St. Petersburg from a long exile. While in the city, he fights as a duelist's representative. (Nineteenth-century Russian duel law allowed for a duelist to be replaced by any one person.) Though Yakovlev fights for money, he also seeks honor and revenge against those who disgraced him, therein, challenging the Russian Providence. Yakovlev fearlessly plays with destiny as an example of traditional romantic characters from the Russian Classics.
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