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Wim Wenders kicks off the shoot for Submergence in Berlin

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- The German director examines love and fear in precarious times in his new movie, where young love is put to the ultimate test

Wim Wenders kicks off the shoot for Submergence in Berlin
Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy

German director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Pina [+see also:
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) has started principal photography on his new movie, Submergence, in Berlin. Based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan M Ledgard, the contemporary love story is about an engineer who falls in love with a biomathematician before he heads off to Somalia to work on a water supply project. When he is kidnapped by jihadists, he has no way of getting in touch with her. Meanwhile, she is wondering about this lack of communication and has trouble concentrating on her own mission in the Arctic Ocean, where she is conducting research on how the destruction of seamounts might lead to a scarcity of oxygen on Earth.

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The script was penned by Erin Dignam (Denial, 8). The lead male part in this modern love story is played by James McAvoy (X-Men, The Last Station [+see also:
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]
), while Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina [+see also:
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]
, The Danish Girl [+see also:
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interview: Paco Delgado
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]
) takes on the role of the oceanographer. Further cast members include Celyn Jones (Set Fire to the Stars [+see also:
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]
, Mary Shelley’s Monster) and Reda Kateb (Arrêtez-moi là [+see also:
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]
, The White Knights [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
). The shoot for the drama is taking place in Germany, France, Spain and Africa until July 2016.

Submergence is being produced by Cameron Lamb (Careless, Syrup), who optioned the novel with his New York-based production company, Lila 9th. Wenders' production outfit, Neue Road Movies Dritte Produktionen, Backup Studio, Spain's Morena Films and UMedia are serving as co-producers. Embankment Films is handling the world sales, while NFP Marketing & Distribution will release the movie theatrically in Germany in autumn 2017.

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