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Mystery of the Nile celebrates its 5th anniversary


Written by: Orbita Max
Date: February 18, 2010

About 30 Giant Screen Theaters worldwide are exhibiting the film.


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Still in theaters with more than 9.5 million viewers and $52 million box office

Present in more than 26 countries, Mystery of the Nile has traveled all over the world with an accumulated box office of $52.475.000. Around 110 IMAX® theaters out of 557 have showed Mystery of the Nile with great success in attendance, on top of the list the Hemisferic in Valencia with 556.000 people, followed by Mexico City and La Géode in Paris with 268.635 and 248.616 respectively.

About 30 Giant Screen Theaters worldwide (Shanghai, Durban, Paris, Valencia, Copenhagen, The Hague and Memphis, amongst many others) are exhibiting this groundbreaking film that has become one of the most prestigious and successful productions in the Giant Screen industry. The Hemisferic in Valencia and the IMAX in Speyer have run the film continuously since 2005.

Mystery of the Nile was released in February 2005 simultaneously in more than 10 major cities around the world such as Berlin, New York, New Jersey, Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid or Paris; and topped the box office charts becoming the highest grossing giant screen film released in 2005 taking in $16.7 million worldwide.

Mystery of the Nile is a breathtaking adventure documenting one of the greatest expeditions in modern times -- the first full descent of the world's greatest and deadliest river, the Blue Nile, from source to sea; crossing Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. Written and directed by award-winning documentarian Jordi Llompart, it is an Orbita Max production in co-production with MacGillivray Freeman Films, the leading Giant Screen firm in the US responsible for successful titles such as Everest, Dolphins and Coral Reef Adventure.

The same year of its release, the film was honored with three GSTA Film Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and a Special Achievement In Filmmaking award. Also in 2005 Mystery of the Nile received the Grand Prize, the Youth Prize, and the Public's Choice Prize at the 11th annual La Géode Film Festival in Paris; and was distinguished by the Spanish Geographic Society "for accomplishing the first complete descent of the Blue Nile." In 2008, Mystery of the Nile completed its prize collection by receiving three Film Awards at the Special Science Film Week Festival in Shanghai: Film of Outstanding Content, Film of the Outstanding Sound and Best-received Film in Dome.

About Orbita Max (
Founded by award-winning Spanish journalist and filmmaker Jordi Llompart, Orbita Max (Barcelona, Spain) brings creativity and service to audiovisual production in a key segment of cultural industry development using a variety of documentary and semidocumentary formats. In 2007 the company was distinguished as the most innovative company in the Spanish audiovisual industry with the Saint Jordi Prize. And in 2008 received the Spanish award to innovation FICOD, for the development of new techniques of digital content broadcasting with the production of the first European stereoscopic 3D film Magic Journey to Africa.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films (
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the largest, most experienced independent producer and distributor of giant screen films in the world. Throughout the company's 40-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject for Dolphins and The Living Sea. The company's hit film Everest achieved unprecedented acclaim and box office success for a large format film and is currently the highest grossing giant screen film of all time. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world.

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