American filmmaker Christopher Nolan is regarded as one of the best film directors in our history. And now, over 150 Amdavadis have filed a petition to Science City Council that Nolan’s movies should be screened in Science City, Ahmedabad. Fans want to screen The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, Dunkirk and Tenet in IMAX.
A distinctive feature of Nolan’s films is that they are mostly shot in IMAX and 65 mm large film format, which heightens the sense of immersion and improves the whole cinematic experience and that is the sole reason he is the biggest advocate of IMAX.
Christopher Nolan’s films have always explored the concept of time in a unique way and often contain science fiction elements. He worked with numerous scientists to ensure the scientific accuracy of his film “Interstellar” in regard to physics.
An Ahmedabad-based accountant who is also a cinephile, Parth Parmar, said, “We already have an IMAX theatre established inside Science City for years and yet the people of Gujarat have to go outside of the state to enjoy cinema of such caliber. Why can’t the citizens of Gujarat use the technology that is already available in their vicinity?”
Over 150 people are writing this requesting the science city council to take into consideration screening commercial IMAX films at Gujarat Science City IMAX Theatre. “As citizens of Gujarat, we lack access to any commercial IMAX cinemas and feel that we need to be able to watch these films in the original, high-definition format and in an authentic way it is meant to be watched,” adds Parmar.
“While we understand that screening commercial IMAX films may require additional funding and resources, we believe it would be a valuable addition to Science City. As a center of innovation, Science City is frequently visited by foreign delegates and influential individuals. So, adding IMAX films to the offerings would enhance the reputation of Ahmedabad city and provide an even more memorable experience for visitors.” said another petitioner.
The petitioners have also chosen a preferable date for the screening. They assume that in April 2023 when it reopens with state-of-the-art 3D Laser Grand Theatre Technology– it would be perfect to screen the movies.
When asked about an alternative, Parmar said, “If hosting commercial IMAX films on a regular basis is not possible, we would be open to the concept of doing Special one-time events or a limited number of showings on the weekends like what Carnival IMAX, Mumbai did with Dunkirk in 2018.” Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer, which is set to be released on July 21, 2023, and was shot with IMAX cameras, can be shown in a special event.