Official Selection: Toronto Film Festival
We love submarine movies…not sure why – we just do – so this thrilling film is a must see recommendation.
One of the best Scandi directors around, Thomas Vinterberg, crafts a nail biting drama based on the sinking of the Kursk submarine during Russian naval exercises in August 2000. After a catastrophic explosion on board, the vessel rapidly sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea where it lay awaiting rescue.
After what could only be described as a shambolic response to the disaster in launching a rescue operation for the trapped seamen, the Russian government grappled with distraught family with the entire incident played out on international television including the drugging of agitated family in front of the gathered media.
Vinterberg captures the atmosphere brilliantly as the crewmen struggle to stay calm and survive against the odds in the confined compartment of the stricken vessel and in so doing creates a tightly-wound drama that hits from the start.
Screens with the short film Spiral.