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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWim Wenders
Produced byCameron Lamb
Written byErin Dignam
Based onSubmergence
by J. M. Ledgard
Music byFernando Velazquez
CinematographyBenoit Debie
Edited byToni Froschhammer
  • Backup Films
  • Lila 9th Productions
  • Morena Films
  • Waterstone Entertainment
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10) (TIFF)
  • February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02) (Spain)
  • April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
  • United States
  • France
  • Spain
Budget$15 million
Box office$327,992[1]

Submergence is a 2017 romantic thriller film directed by Wim Wenders, based on the novel of same name by J. M. Ledgard. The film stars Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.



In November 2015, Alicia Vikander, and James McAvoy joined the cast of the film, with Wim Wenders directing the film, from a screenplay by Erin Dignam, based upon the novel by J.M Ledgard.[3][4] In January 2016, Embankment Films came on board to handle the international sales for the film.[5] In April 2016, Celyn Jones and Darian Martin joined the cast of the film.[6] It was later revealed Charlotte Rampling had been cast in the film.[7]

Fernando Velazquez composed the film's score.[8]


Principal photography on the film began on 12 April 2016, in France, Germany, Spain, the Faroe Islands and Djibouti.[9][10]


In May 2016, Mars Distribution and Antena 3 acquired distribution rights in France and Spain respectively.[11] The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2017.[12] Shortly after, Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[13] It is scheduled to be released in the United States on 13 April 2018, in a limited release and through video on demand.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 17% based on 35 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.1/10.[15] On Metacritic, the film holds a weighted average score of 38 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[16]

Matt Zoller-Seitz of gave the film 2/4 stars, writing that "the actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either."[17]


  1. ^ "Submergence (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (25 July 2017). "Toronto Film Festival 2017 Unveils Strong Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (30 November 2015). "Alicia Vikander in Negotiations to Star in Wim Wenders' 'Submergence' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (2 November 2015). "James McAvoy Joins Wim Wenders In 'Submergence'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (28 January 2016). "Embankment Boards Alicia Vikander-James McAvoy Love Story 'Submergence'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  6. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (4 April 2016). "Leonor Varela Dons Animal Skins For 'The Solutrean'; Celyn Jones Joins 'Submergence'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  7. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (3 February 2017). "EFM: TF1 to launch sales on Charlotte Rampling drama 'The Whale'". Screen Daily. Screen International. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  8. ^ filmmusicreporter (14 March 2017). "Fernando Velazquez Scoring Wim Wenders Submergence". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  9. ^ Barraclough, Leo (12 April 2016). "Wim Wenders Starts 'Submergence' Shoot in Berlin With James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  10. ^ SSN Insider Staff (15 April 2016). "On the Set for 4/15/16: Idris Elba Starts Shooting 'The Dark Tower', James Cameron Rolls Cameras on 'Avatar 2', 'Fifty Shades Darker' Finishes Production". SSN Insider. TSS News. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  11. ^ Kesslassy, Elsa (4 May 2016). "Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy's 'Submergence' Pre-Sold to More Than 30 Territories (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Submergence". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  13. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (14 November 2017). "Alicia Vikander-James McAvoy Film 'Submergence' Lands at Samuel Goldwyn Films (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  14. ^ Smith, Nigel (1 March 2018). "Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy Embark on a Globetrotting Romance in Submergence Trailer". People. Time. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Submergence (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Submergence Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  17. ^ Zoller-Seitz, Matt (13 April 2018). "Submergence". Ebert Digital LLC. Retrieved 13 April 2018.

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