Columbia Pictures will be bringing the highest grossing Russian film of all time to U.S. audiences next month. The studio announced today that it will be releasing the World War II drama Stalingrad exclusively in IMAX 3D theaters nationwide in the U.S. starting February 28th. Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, the film takes place during the titular WWII battle and revolves around a determined band of Russian soldiers who fight to hold a strategic building in the devastated city against a ruthless German army, all the while becoming deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there.
The pic is Russia’s first completely shot in 3D, as well as its first IMAX release, and earned $66.1 million during its six-week theatrical run. The film stars Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, The Pianist), Petr Fedorov, Sergey Bondarchuk, Mariya Smolnikova and Yanina Studilina. Watch the Russian trailer after the jump.
Here’s the official synopsis for Stalingrad:
Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II. A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected a Russian woman who has been living there. Presented in IMAX® 3D, the scale of the battle contrasts dramatically with the human drama of the Russian soldiers, the few remaining civilians and their invaders into Stalingrad.