Taglines: He read her story. Then he became part of it.
Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci) is a once-acclaimed author who teaches writing at a small liberal arts college. Though his marriage to Sherrie (Kyra Sedgwick) is comfortable, he finds himself drowning in discontent–stuffy departmental dinners at which he drinks too much, smug colleagues whom he dislikes yet fears he resembles, and an endless stream of students who are as untalented as they are unteachable. But when a new pupil, Angela Argo (Addison Timlin), showspromise Ted focuses on nurturing her career, and she appears more than willing to devote the one-on-one time required.
Basking in Angela’s youth, talent, and admiration, just as she benefits from Ted’s wisdom, experience, and professional connections, it’s only a matter of time before lines are crossed and it becomes unclear whether Ted is predator or prey and Angela is victim or victimizer. Based on the acclaimed novel “Blue Angel” by Francine Prose, which slyly updates the 1930 Marlene Dietrich/Josef Von Sternberg classic for today’s politically correct times, SUBMISSION is a biting morality play about lust, ambition, power, and living in a world where scandal is as likely to make a reputation as destroy it.
Submission is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Richard Levine, based on a novel Blue Angel by Francine Prose. The film stars Stanley Tucci as a college professor who becomes obsessed with a student (Addison Timlin). The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 19, 2017.
Directed by: Richard Levine
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin, Kyra Sedgwick, Janeane Garofalo, Ritchie Coster, Colby Minifie, Alison Bartlett, David Pittu, Henry Stram, Juan Castano, Stephanie Berry, Nicole Orth-Pallavicini
Screenplay by: Richard Levine
Production Design by: Sara K. White
Cinematography by: Hillary Spera
Film Editing by: Jennifer Lee
Costume Design by: Mirren Gordon-Crozier
Set Decoration by: Kim Fischer
Art Direction by: Naomi Munro
Music by: Jeff Russo
Distributed by: Great Point Media
Release Date: March 2, 2018