From the beginning of his filmmaking career, director Christopher Nolan has always delivered more than what might be expected, from the narrative twists in Memento to a new kind of superhero experience in his Batman trilogy to the far reaches of outer space and time in Interstellar. His upcoming movie Dunkirk is no exception.
Telling the true story of the rescue of thousands of Allied soldiers during World War II, Dunkirk called for a fresh approach to what Nolan describes as “one of the great human stories” in an exclusive interview with Fandango. It’s an extraordinarily suspenseful situation in which survival is not guaranteed. The filmmaker’s goal was “to give the audience the most visceral experiential two hours that they can hope for,” while drawing from his history of using real locations, real props and real people.
Nolan determined that the IMAX format was ideal to capture that experience. Nolan says: “The entire film is large-format film photography, and I’ve never done that before. Very few people have ever done that before, and no one has ever shot as much IMAX as we’re doing.”
See our exclusive motion poster below.
Over the years, Nolan has shown time and time again that he’s a gifted visual filmmaker and the 70mm format employed on Dunkirk will ensure an unforgettable experience for moviegoers, but only in select theaters. Advance ticketing for screenings in the 70mm format launches today; don’t miss out!
Watch an exclusive clip from the movie below. Dunkirk opens on July 21.