'45 Years' storms the Berlinale!

A new feature film based on a Comma short story has been hailed as one of the stand-out films at this year’s Berlinale, winning two Silver Bears for Best Actor and Best Actress for stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling!

Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday 6th Feb, 45 Years – a new feature from rising star Andrew Haigh – was one of the surprise hits of the festival, that also premiered new films from Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick, Kenneth Branagh and Peter Greenaway. Starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, the film is a faithful adaptation of a David Constantine short story (‘In Another Country’) commissioned for 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.
It goes on general release in the UK on August 28th.

45 Years
also topped the Screen Jury Grid, making it Screen Daily's best film of the festival. 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.

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.

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

'Haigh’s skill is to make 45 Years feel like it’s been cribbed from a story that was whirring long before he began documenting it, and that will continue long after the credits.'
- Little White Lies 

Festival News:

Sundance Selects snaps up North American rights to 45 Years:
- Thomson on Hollywood