Russia selects Bondarchuk’s ‘Stalingrad’ for Oscar

“Stalingrad” is the first Russian IMAX 3-D film. It is to be screened not only in Russia but also abroad, including China, where it is scheduled to hit an unprecedented 3,000+ cinemas. The film’s budget is $30 million.

“Stalingrad” is the first Russian IMAX 3-D film. It is to be screened not only in Russia but also abroad, including China, where it is scheduled to hit an unprecedented 3,000+ cinemas. The film’s budget is $30 million.

Besides “Stalingrad,” the Russian Oscar board considered Nikolai Lebedev’s “Legend No. 17,” Boris Khlebnikov’s “A Long and Happy Life,” Renata Litvinova’s “Rita’s Last Fairytale,” and a few other films.

Stalingrad. Official trailer. Source: YouTube

Russian Oscar winners

“Moscow Strikes Back,” directed by Leonid Varlamov and Ilya Kopalin, was an Academy Award winner in the Best Documentary category in 1943. The following films have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film:

1944: “Rainbow” by Mark Donskoy;

1968: “War and Peace” by Sergei Bondarchuk;

1976: “Dersu Uzala” by Akira Kurosawa (a Soviet-Japanese co-production);

1980: “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” by Vladimir Menshov;

1996: “Burnt by the Sun” by Nikita Mikhalkov.

The Academy Animated Short Film Award was awarded in 2000 to “The Old Man and the Sea” by Aleksandr Petrov.

Nominees have included:

1969: “The Brothers Karamazov” by Ivan Pyryev;

1971: “Tchaikovsky” by Igor Talankin;

1972: “The Dawns Here Are Quiet” by Stanislav Rostotsky;

1978: “White Bim Black Ear” by Stanislav Rostotsky;

1982: “Private Life” by Yuli Raizman;

1984: “Wartime Romance” by Pyotr Todorovsky;

1992: “Close to Eden” by Nikita Mikhalkov.

Other Oscar contenders

Many other countries have already selected their submissions for the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

Poland is represented by Andrzej Wajda’s “Wałęsa” (or, “Walesa: Czlowiek z Nadziei”), Romania by Călin Peter Netzer’s “Child’s Pose” (or, “Pozitia Copilului,” which won the Golden Bear at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival), The Netherlands by Alex van Warmerdam’s “Borgman” (which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival), and France by Gilles Bourdos’s “Renoir.”

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. The nominations in 24 categories will be announced in January and February.

First published in Russian in RIA Novosti.

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