Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Can't wait to see the trailer for Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander



 Submergence starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander screened at TIFF earlier in the fall, the Wim Wenders’ directed film lacked an American distributior. Samuel Goldwyn Mayer has stepped in to fill that gap, promising to bring the movie to US movie goers in 2018. I love what Wenders says about the film:



“Our film has global dimensions and shows all the beauty of our planet, but also its conflicts and violence. I had Dr. Martin Luther King’s words in capital letters on the front page of my script: 'You cannot drive out darkness with darkness. Only love can do that.' That’s why the love story is our driving element. I’m happy we’re in the hands of Samuel Goldwyn Films for our American release."

Here’s the lowdown on the 2011 book by J.M. Ledgard: 
In a room with no windows on the coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Posing as a water expert to report on al-Qaeda activity in the area, he now faces extreme privation, mock executions, and forced marches through the arid badlands of Somalia. Thousands of miles away on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders, a biomathematician, half-French, half-Australian, prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. She is obsessed with the life that multiplies in the darkness of the lowest strata of water.

Both are drawn back to the previous Christmas, and to a French hotel on the Atlantic coast, where a chance encounter on the beach led to an intense and enduring romance. For James, his mind escapes to utopias both imagined and remembered. Danny is drawn back to beginnings: to mythical and scientific origins, and to her own. It is to each other and to the ocean that they most frequently return: magnetic and otherworldly, a comfort and a threat.
Boy, do I want to see this! In the meantime, a trailer would be great but I haven’t seen hide nor hair of one. Have any of you festival goers out there seen this one at either TIFF or the Hamburg Film Festival or the Warsaw Film Festival in October? Tell us about it.



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