Magazine article Variety

Helmer Wenders Talks Geopolitics

Magazine article Variety

Helmer Wenders Talks Geopolitics

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WIM WENDERS' "SUBMERGENCE," playing in Toronto, is an epic romantic drama, one that centers on a deep-sea researcher (Alicia Vikander) and a water engineer (James McAvoy). Their love is tested after the man is held captive by jihadists in Somalia.

What drew you to the film?

It was talking about things that are really urgent - both about the state of the planet and about our strange human desire to go to the stars but not know what's down there in the oceans. There's also this burning conflict with jihad and radical Islam and how to deal with that. It was all told in a way that I thought I could handle. It was told through this love story.

Why was the love story an important vehicle to discuss more metaphysical and political issues?

The love story made it doable for me. The film deals with a lot of violence and hate. …

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