OSCAR NOMINATION for '45 YEARS' & Charlotte Rampling!!
In January 2016, 45 YEARS - based on a Comma short story by David Constantine - was nominated for an OSCAR for Best Actress - for Charlotte Rampling. Rampling went up against Cate Blanchett (Carol), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) for the Oscar, which eventually went to Brie Larson.
The film, directed by Andrew Haigh and adapted from the story 'In Another Country', was also nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding British Film, and won a total of 13 national and international awards so far (see below), eight of them for actress Charlotte Rampling's performance as Kate Mercer, a woman forced into reassessing her 45 year marriage after a revelation about her husband's former lover.
45 Years was also named The Guardian's No.1 Film of 2015 in December.
45 Years marked the second adaptation of a Comma short story by the director-producer team Andrew Haigh and Tristan Goligher. In 2009 Haigh and Goligher produced the award-winning short, 'Five Miles Out', based on a Sarah Tierney short story which featured in Comma’s first ever new-writer showcase, Bracket (2006). Watch this earlier short here. More about how this collaboration came together here.
Two other feature films are currently in production based on short stories published (or shortly to be published) by Comma Press: namely POSSUM by Matthew Holness, starring Sean Harris, based on a story originally commissioned for Comma's The New Uncanny; and TRIPPLE WORD SCORE, by Frabnk Cottrell-Boyce, starring Bill Nighy - both oout later this year or early 2018.
AWARDS FOR 45 YEARS:
London Evening Standard Award for Best Editing.
London Critics Circle Attenborough Award for Best British or Irish Film
London Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
London Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year (Tom Courtenay)
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.
European Film Award for Best Actress.
Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale
Silver Bear for Best Actor (for Tom Courtenay) at the Berlinale
Women in Film and TV Award for Best Performance
the Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
the Los Angeles Film Critics Award,
the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival,
and the Best Actress Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Directed by rising British talent, Andrew Haigh, and produced by Tristan Goligher, 45 YEARS also set a landmark in British film history, hitting the £1m mark after just 12 days of play, in purely art house cinemas. The film opens in the US on 23 December.
The film is a faithful adaptation (and extension) of a David Constantine short story (‘In Another Country’) published in Under the Dam – Comma’s first ever single-author collection, published in 2005. The film has been praised for its subtle yet powerful portrayal of a marriage threatened by a potentially devastating revelation.
PRAISE FOR 45 YEARS:
'Sublimely acted, ruefully funny and quietly devastating... Haigh lets us read the story of the film on her face. [...] The effect is killer. So is 45 Years, a mesmerizer that will creep into your dreams whether you let it or not.'
- Rolling Stone Magazine.
'This exquisite film evokes, with the concision of a dark sonnet, the power of the past over the couple’s fragile present.' - Wall Street Journal.
'A modern classic of British cinema' - The Huffington Post
'A stunning film, all right. Most people in the auditorium sat speechless and motionless until the last credit was shown....' - The Independent
'It's not about what's said, it's about what's not said... the performances are terrific, the direction is perfectly pitched... it's an absolutely remarkable film'
*FILM OF THE WEEK* - Mark Kermode on Radio 5's Kermode and Mayo show (scroll to 55mins in).
Read feature interviews with director Andrew Haigh in The Guardian, The Independent, and The Scotsman.
Listen to Charlotte Rampling talk about the role on Woman's Hour.
Listen to Andrew Haigh on Front Row, and Tom Courtenay on the Radio 5 Mayo and Kermode Show..
Read an interview with Tom Courtenay in the FT and The Radio Times.
Interview with the author David Constantine in Northern Soul and The Telegraph.
Listen to Radio 4's Saturday Review.
Five star reviews in The Guardian, FT, The Observer, The Independent, BBC News, Irish Independent, Irish Times,The Telegraph, Belfast Telegraph, New Statesman The Radio Times, CineVue, Evening Standard, The Spectator, Irish News, Female First, with more to come.
There's even Oscar already, see below.
Watch the Trailer:
Watch Charlotte, Tom and Andrew talk about the themes of the film:
45 Years marks the second adaptation of a Comma short story by the director-producer team Andrew Haigh and Tristan Goligher. In 2009 Haigh and Goligher produced the award-winning short, 'Five Miles Out', based on a Sarah Tierney short story which featured in Comma’s first ever new-writer showcase, Bracket (2006). Watch this earlier short here.
Screen Actors Guild awards:
Oscar speculation starts here:
Back in February, 45 Years topped the Screen Jury Grid, making it Screen Daily's best film of the Berlin Film Festival, where it received its world premiere. It was the Guardian critic's 'film of festival' - in his round-up at the end of festival, The Guardian's Guy Lodge, wrote: '45 Years [...] at the time of writing, is unlikely to be surpassed as this critic’s film of the festival. An exquisitely wrought, ineffably tender study of a pension-age marriage in silently dignified crisis...' See full round-up here. At one point, the film was even tipped for the overall Best Picture award, according to Business Insider.
More about the Edinburgh awards here: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/news/2015/06/award-winners-at-the-69th-edinburgh-international-film-fes...
And coverage of the award:
More coverage of the awards in the Hollywood Reporter and Berlinale website.
Praise for 45 Years:
'The film, based on a short story by David Constantine, is composed with rigour and exactitude and performed with a repressed, heartfelt passion.’
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
- BBC Radio 4, Front Row
‘A quietly moving and deceptively tragic look at aging romance haunted by past mysteries.’
- Eric Kohn, Indie Wire
‘Above all, “45 Years” is a drama of quiet restraint.’
- Charles Gant, Variety
'[Rampling]’s rarely been better than she is here, in the role of a placid, dog-walking, tea-drinking middle-class Brit, who finds the floor abruptly falling out beneath her’
- Tim Robey, The Telegraph
‘A contemporary British drama with an almost Ingmar Bergman-esque take on the fragile certainties of love and marriage.’
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
‘It's about the terrifying realisation that the foundations of your whole life might be wrong and could have been different, once. It's beautifully written (it's very written) and filmed (the framing always gracefully subordinate to the story).’
- David Sexton, Evening Standard
‘45 Years is remarkable cinema, it’s tender, touching and ineffably poignant.’
- HeyUGuys Blog
Sundance Selects snaps up North American rights to 45 Years:
- Thomson on Hollywood
'45 Years comes impossibly close to perfection.' - The Edinburgh Reporter
'Insightful, haunting and desperately sad' - The List on '45 Years', which premieres at the Edinburgh Film Festival tonight
'Looks set to be one of the standout films when it is screened next week.'
- Female First
One of The Skinny's Top 10 Must See films of the festival: