Kursk: The Last Mission 12A

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This film was last shown on 20 February 2020

Based on the story of the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster, Kursk follows the final hours of an "unsinkable" Russian nuclear submarine as it sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Some of the crew survive the initial explosion, including officer Mikhail Kalekov (Matthias Schoenaerts), whose pregnant wife (Lea Seydoux) and child are waiting back home. Unfortunately, their rescue is complicated by bureaucracy between Russia, France, Norway and Britain, with British navy chief David Russell (Colin Firth) attempting to convince Russian officials to accept foreign aid.

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Far from the Madding Crowd, The Hunt), this film catalogues a desperate political battle, and the human cost of governmental negligence.


Thomas Vinterberg
Belgium, France, Luxembourg
1 hour 54 minutes
Lea Seydoux, Matthias Schoenaerts


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