KURSK (2018)


GENRE: Historical Drama

COUNTRY: France/Belgium/Luxembourg

PREMIERED:  September 6, 2018



The August 2000 sinking of the nuclear submarine Kursk was a tragedy - one that could have been avoided. It was the first major Russian Navy exercise since the end of the Soviet Union, but the K-141 Kursk is deemed unsinkable and its crew recognized as the best in the Northern Fleet. Among that crew is Captain-Lieutenant Mikhail Kalekov (Schoenaerts), a devoted naval officer with a loving wife (Seydoux), a child, and another on the way. He and his crew board the Kursk and descend into the Barents Sea with a sense of optimism and fraternity. Then come the explosions. Many lives are lost instantly, but Mikhail and others are safe in one of the sealed rear compartments. They have air and food to last until they are rescued, but when will help arrive? Once the sub's seismic activity is detected, Britain, France, and Norway offer their assistance, but Russia insists it has the situation under control. Time is of the essence, but time keeps passing.

Program Details


Matthias Schoenaerts - Mikhail Kalekov
Colin Firth - David Russell
Léa Seydoux - Tanya Kalekov
Michael Nyqvist
August Diehl
Steven Waddington
Matthias Schweighöfer

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Director - Thomas Vinterberg
Cinematography - Anthony Dod Mantle
Music - Alexandre Desplat

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117 minutes

Production Notes & Photos

On August 17, 2015 it was announced that EuropaCorp was developing a film based on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, and that Martin Zandvliet had been hired to direct the film from a script by Robert Rodat, based on Robert Moore’s 2002 book "A Time to Die". On January 21, 2016, it was reported that Zandvliet was no longer attached and that EuropaCorp had hired Thomas Vinterberg to direct the film. On March 2, 2016, Matthias Schoenaerts was the first cast announcement with Colin Firth joining on May 26, 2016 and Léa Seydoux on February 7, 2017. On May 8, 2017, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow and Michael Nyqvist were also cast. Production took place in locations throughout Europe, including Belgium, Norway and France. Filming started at the Naval base of Toulon, France on April 26, 2017.