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Thomas Vinterberg starts new movie

The Danish auteur and Dogme95 co-creator Thomas Vinterberg has started filming his new film, Kursk.

The story, which was written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), is based on a true story. It is about the K-141 KURSK, a Russian flagship nuclear-powered submarine that sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea in August 2000. 23 sailors fought for survival aboard the submarine, and on land, their family desperately battled bureaucratic obstacles to find answers and save them.

This looks like a move away from Danish drama for Vinterberg as the English-language film has an international cast including Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, and Peter Simonischek. The Nordic actors Max von Sydow and Michael Nyqvist will also have roles in the film.

Filming for Kursk will take place in Belgium, Norway and France, among other European countries.

No release date has been announced.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.