Bette Gordon’s psychological thriller, “The Drowning,” now has a distributor and release date. Paladin and Electric Entertainment announced that the film will first open on May 10th, 2017 at the IFC Center in New York, with a national rollout planned following the debut.
The film is Based on Border Crossing, the novel about violence in children by noted Booker Prize-winning author Pat Barker. The Drowning was adapted for the screen by Stephen Molton and House of Cards showrunner Frank Pugliese. The film stars Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, Avan Jogia, Tracie Thoms and Leo Fitzpatrick.
The Drowning is the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.
The Drowning premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival and went on to screen at film festivals around the world including Warsaw, Sao Paulo, Napa Valley and Savannah. The Drowning marks Gordon’s second collaboration with producer Jamin O’Brien and Paladin which also released her film “Handsome Harry” featuring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn and Campbell Scott in 2010.
Mark Urman, President and CEO of Paladin said: “The Drowning is a truly unnerving thriller that forces us to face the shocking notion that the only explanation for inexplicable behavior is that evil actually exists. It’s a pleasure to be working with Bette again, and to be bringing what I believe is her best work to theaters.”
The Drowning was executive produced by Elizabeth Kling, Subi Liang, Ho-Cheung Pang and produced by Radium Cheung, Daniel L. Blanc, Jamin O’Brien.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Electric Entertainment, who is handling international sales with Jonathan Gardner of Cohen Gardner LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film will be available on iTunes starting on June 1, 2017.