Sundance Selects has snapped up North American rights to Andrew Haigh’s Berlinale premiere “45 Years.” Based on the short story by David Constantine and adapted by Haigh, the film stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.
Rampling plays a woman in the middle of preparing for her 45th wedding anniversary when the body of her husband’s past girlfriend, who died 50 years ago in a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps, is found. While he grapples with old memories, she tries to suppress her jealousy and anxiety over the news.
Critics are saying this is Rampling’s career-best performance, with Indiewire calling the film “a quietly moving and deceptively tragic look at aging romance haunted by past mysteries.”
Haigh exploded onto the scene with 2011 SXSW-premiering gay romance “Weekend” before going on to executive produce the HBO series “Looking,” about four gay friends kicking it in present-day San Francisco.
“45 Years” was produced by Tristan Goligher at London-based The Bureau. The film’s executive producers are Christopher Collins, Lizzie Francke, Sam Lavender, Tessa Ross, Richard Holmes and Vincent Gadelle. Release date forthcoming.