LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), Warner Bros. Pictures and RatPac Entertainment today announced that The Water Diviner, the feature film directorial debut from Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator), will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released into select domestic IMAX® theatres April 24.
The Water Diviner is an epic and inspiring tale of one man's life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, Joshua Connor is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdogan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor's boys and who may be this father's only hope. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth... and his own peace.
The film's international ensemble cast also includes Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O'Toole, Steve Bastoni and Jacqueline McKenzie.
The Water Diviner recently won three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, including Best Picture. The film also won in the categories of Best Supporting Actor (Erdogan) and Best Costume Design. It had received five additional nominations, for Best Lead Actor (Crowe), Best Supporting Actress (McKenzie), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Editing. The Film Critics Circle of Australia also honored the film with awards for Best Actor (Crowe), Best Supporting Actor (Erdogan), Best Supporting Actress (McKenzie) and Best Score.
"We are excited to offer Russell Crowe's award-winning The Water Diviner in select IMAX theatres, as this film's scope and quality truly lend themselves to The IMAX Experience®," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "It's a beautiful film, one that deserves to be seen in the most awe-inspiring way possible."
The IMAX® release of The Water Diviner 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.
Crowe directed The Water Diviner from a screenplay by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, who were also executive producers on the film. The film was produced by Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum, with James Packer, Brett Ratner, Kerry Stokes, Tim Worner, Angus Ross and John Collee also serving as executive producers.
RatPac Entertainment and Seven Network Australia present, in association with Megiste Films, DC Tour, EJM Productions and Axphon, a Hopscotch Features and Fear of God Films Production, The Water Diviner. Opening in limited release on April 24, the film is being distributed in the United States in conventional and IMAX theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The film has been rated R for war violence, including some disturbing images.
For more information about The Water Diviner, visit the film's official website at www.thewaterdiviner.com.
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