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Mystery of the Nile Sails To New Heights With Ten Million Viewers


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: September 7, 2011

Film becomes one of the top 25 highest grossing giant-screen films of all time.


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LAGUNA BEACH, Ca. (Sept. 7, 2011) -- The Orbita Max / MacGillivray Freeman Films original giant-screen co-production Mystery of the Nile recently surpassed the ten million viewer milestone after six and a half years of exhibition in IMAX Theatres and other giant-screen cinemas. The film has taken in worldwide box office receipts of $47 million, making it one of the top 25 highest grossing giant-screen films of all time.

Lauded by film critics for its stunning photography and exemplary use of the IMAX film medium, Mystery of the Nile has played in a total of 110 IMAX and other giant-screen theatres, with many repeat exhibitions. The highest grossing giant-screen film the year it opened in 2005, Mystery of the Nile has been seen by nearly 600,000 people in Valencia, Spain, more than 248,000 in Paris, 170,000 in Speyer, Germany and 268,000 in Mexico City.  The film continues to see strong attendance in Kolkata, India where it opened last year, and this year it has been booked for repeat exhibitions in Atlanta, Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Directed by Spanish filmmaker Jordi Llompart and produced by Llompart and two-time Academy Award nominee Greg MacGillivray, Mystery of the Nile documents the first river expedition in history to successfully run the entire length of the Blue Nile River from its source in Ethiopia to where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

"This latest remarkable film milestone reaffirms our dream of producing a giant-screen film that would introduce a diverse international audience of millions to the fascinating countries of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt and to the famous Nile River itself through superb cinematography and inspirational characters," said Llompart. "We are deeply gratified that audiences are finding this journey of discovery to be so entertaining and educational."

"The lasting success and popularity of Mystery of the Nile around the world is dramatic evidence that top-quality giant-screen films continue to have strong appeal for family audiences," said MacGillivray. "There is still nothing that compares with the giant-screen film-going experience, and Mystery of the Nile takes full advantage of the format's unique power to inspire and engage."

This latest milestone caps more than six years of international critical acclaim and accolades, including three GSCA Film Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Soundtrack and a Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award, and the Grand Prize and two other top awards at the La Géode Film Festival in Paris.

Mystery of the Nile continues to open in giant-screen theatres around the world and is available in 15/70, 8/70 and 10/70 giant-screen film formats.

"Mystery of the Nile has all the qualities that giant-screen film audiences have come to expect -- brilliant cinematography, locations in remote parts of the world, and life-enriching themes that are both entertaining and inspirational," said Bob Harman, Director of Distribution at MacGillivray Freeman Films. It continues to be a reliable box office performer that will enhance the giant-screen film library for years to come."

Mystery of the Nile is an Orbita Max/MacGillivray Freeman Films co-production and is produced by Jordi Llompart and Greg MacGillivray; written and directed by Llompart, edited by Stephen Judson, director of photography is Reed Smoot with cinematography by Brad Ohlund, Jack Tankard, Gordon Brown and Greg MacGillivray; music composed by David Giró with additional music and arrangements by Steve Wood featuring vocals by Ethiopian singers.

About Orbita Max

Orbita Max is an audiovisual production company specializing in documentary filmmaking and based in Barcelona. The company is directed by award-winning Spanish journalist and filmmaker Jordi Llompart, who has produced and directed such high-quality series as The Vanishing Past, about the preservation of the world's cultural heritage, and many innovative audiovisual formats and contents. Orbita Max has created and produced many other acclaimed documentaries such as Nomads of the Human Condition, a series that explores the human aspect of globalization, Asha, Daughter of the Ganges based on a Spanish bestseller, Water Lives about the world's water crisis and The Nomad Experience, an emotional approach to the human values travelling around the world. Orbita Max also produces giant screen documentaries in the IMAX theatre format, playing a pioneering role in Spain by producing Mystery of the Nile, the first giant-screen Spanish production in history, and its recently released Magic Journey to Africa 3D, one of the first 3D fiction movies ever made for all screen formats including large-format theatres, theatrical cinemas and television.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films

MacGillivray Freeman Films is the largest, most experienced independent producer and distributor of giant screen 70mm 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. The company's next film, To The Arctic, will be released in 2012 as the first film presentation of the One World One Ocean Foundation -- a new non-profit organization founded by Greg MacGillivray that is dedicated to educating and inspiring people to protect the ocean through film, television and new media.

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