WHO’S IN IT?
Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Léa Seydoux (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Artemiy Spiridonov (film debut), Martin Brambach (The Lives of Others), Guido De Craene (Waiting For Dublin), Geoffrey Newland (Bait), Danny Van Meenen (film debut), Kristof Coenen (Cages), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds), Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann), Max von Sydow (The Exorcist), Michael Nyqvist (John Wick), Bjarne Henriksen (Get Santa), Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie), Lars Brygmann (Arven)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), director; Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), writer; Jérôme de Béthune (The Hummingbird Project), Fabrice Delville (The Brand New Testament), Christophe Toulemonde (The Transporter Refueled), Patrick Vandenbosch (The Son of Bigfoot) and Ariel Zeitoun (Miss Sloane), producers; Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), composer; Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire), cinematographer; Valdís Óskarsdóttir (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In August 2000, the K-141 Kursk submarine sinks during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, killing 118 Russian sailors with only 23 survivors left with very little oxygen as they desperately wait for help. Despite the urgency, the Russian government refuses to accept help from foreign governments, unless British naval officer David Russell (Firth) can persuade them otherwise…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
The tragic sinking of the K-141 Kursk submarine is dramatized with a heavy focus on the efforts – or lack thereof – of the Russian government to help those who had survived.