The Drowning is the story of a forensic psychologist who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy to prison.
The Drowning is based on Border Crossing, the controversial 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, and 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 intoa destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case. An erotic thriller with no let up in tension, The Drowning celebrates the genre with electrifying performances. Complex, riveting and unafraid to tread deep, murky psychological waters, this is a story of shifting identities that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The Drowning premiered at the most recent Woodstock Film Festival and went on to screen at filmfestivals 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.
A pioneer in American Independent Cinema, Bette Gordon is known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence and power including her feature length debut from her own original screenplay, Variety (1984), a beautifully seductive film about voyeurism and pornography, that Film Comment calls "a unique feminist thought experiment that doubles as a love letter to Fear City-era New York."
Mark Urman, President and CEO of Paladin said: “The Drowning is a truly unnerving thriller that forces usto 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 producedby Radium Cheung, Daniel L. Blanc, Jamin O'Brien.