‘Dunkirk’ to Return to Theaters in IMAX and 70mm for Awards Season

Christopher Nolan’s Best Picture frontrunner is beginning its Oscar push

After winning critical acclaim and becoming the first major awards contender this summer, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” is beginning its Oscar push with a limited theatrical re-release next month.

WB announced Thursday that “Dunkirk” will be released in IMAX and 70mm on 50 screens on Dec. 1, and will expand to 250 locations on Jan. 24, the day after Oscar nominations are announced. Premium formats played a key role in the film’s marketing and distribution, with IMAX providing director Christopher Nolan with the cameras used for the film along with a heavy promotion boost.

“Dunkirk” has grossed $525 million worldwide, with $188 million domestic and $76.5 million from worldwide IMAX screens.

“With ‘Dunkirk,’ Christopher Nolan broke new ground in the use of large-format cameras to create a theatrical event that demands to be seen on the largest possible canvas,” Sue Kroll, WB Marketing and Distribution President, said. “As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to offer audiences another opportunity to be swept up in this truly immersive moviegoing experience … whether for the first time or again.”

“Dunkirk” tells the true story of the evacuation of over 400,000 Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk during the early stages of World War II. It stars Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden and Harry Styles.

It has received critical acclaim for Nolan’s direction, Hans Zimmer’s musical score, as well as the film’s editing and cinematography.