Russia premieres Stalingrad epic with Oscar hopes
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian film director Fyodor Bondarchuk on Wednesday presented the Moscow premiere of his World War II drama Stalingrad, an epic about one of the bloodiest battles in history, and which Russia has picked as its Oscar entry.
Made with a budget of US$30 million (S$37.4 million) including financing from the government, Bondarchuk's new film is the first Russian film to be shot entirely in 3D.
The release comes as President Vladimir Putin is seeking to play up patriotism to shore up support after returning to the Kremlin for a third term as president last year following huge protests.
The film focuses on the battlefield friendship between five Soviet soldiers who are desperately defending a strategically vital apartment building against far-better armed Nazi occupiers.