Drowning, The Directed
Bette Gordon USA / 2015 / 95 minutes North American Premiere
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Bette Gordon, Josh Charles, Avan Jogia, Stephen Molton, Frank Pugliese, Daniel L. Blanc, Jamin O'Brien
Coincidence is the crack in human affairs that lets God in, says ex-con Danny Miller, AKA Ian Wilkerson. But is it coincidence when psychologist Tom Seymour, played by Josh Charles, saves Danny from drowning. Only to find it was his testimony that put the boy in prison for eleven years? Is Danny a handsome devil or an angel in disguise? Lauren, Tom's artist wife played by Julia Stiles, finds Danny charming, as does Angela, his legal advocate. An erotic thriller with no let up in tension, "The Drowning" celebrates the genre with an electrifying, chameleon-like performance by Avan Jogia as Danny, spot-on editing, and a score that never lets up. Is Danny a human wrecking ball, infiltrating and taking over lives, or just a damaged kid needing help? Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing to the very end. Be prepared to be scared! --Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Bette Gordon is a director and independent filmmaker best known for her film "Variety" (1984), a beautifully seductive film about voyeurism and pornography. "Luminous Motion " (2000) was produced by Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman and stars Deborah Kara Unger in a breathtaking performance. "Handsome Harry" (2010) opened to rave reviews and features a stellar ensemble cast, including Steve Buscemi, Titus Welliver, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott, and Jamey Sheridan. Gordon's films have been shown in international festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Toronto. She has been the subject of retrospectives at IFC Cinema, Anthology Film Archives and The Walker Art Center.
Cast/Featuring: Josh Charles, Julia Stiles, Avan Jogia
Executive Producer(s): Elizabeth Kling, Subi Liang, Ho-Cheung Pang
Producer(s): Radium Cheung, Daniel L. Blanc, Jamin O'Brien
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