Synopsis

Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) is planning a party to celebrate her 45th wedding anniversary. One week before the celebration, however, a letter arrives for her husband, Geoff (Tom Courtenay), containing news that reawakens troubling and long-hidden memories. Though Kate continues to prepare for the anniversary, she becomes increasingly concerned by Geoff’s preoccupation with the letter and the ensuing revelations about his past. By the time the party comes round, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate. Anchored by sensational performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, 45 Years is an intimate, moving and beautifully restrained portrait of a marriage shaken to its core by things left unspoken. Winning Best Actor and Best Actress awards at this year's Berlinale Film Festival, Andrew Haigh’s (Weekend, Looking) 45 Years is British filmmaking at its very best.

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Director

Andrew Haigh
Andrew Haigh worked as an assistant editor on films such as Gladiator and Black Hawk Down before debuting as a writer/director with the short film Oil. In 2009 he directed his first feature-length film, Greek Pete which debuted at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and won the Artistic Achievement Award at Outfest. His breakout film, Weekend, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award before being released worldwide. It went on to win numerous awards including two British Independent Film Awards and an Evening Standard Award for Best Screenplay. Andrew also won the London Film Critics Award for Best Breakthrough Filmmaker. Haigh is also the Executive Producer on the HBO show Looking, for which he also writes and direct multiple episodes.

Cast

Charlotte Rampling: Kate Mercer Tom Courtenay: Geoff Mercer Geraldine James: Lena Dolly Wells: Charlotte David Sibley: George


Crew

Andrew Haigh: Director / writer Tristan Goligher: Producer Lol Crawley: Director of Photography Jonathan Alberts: Editor Sarah Finlay: Production Designer Joakim Sundström: Sound Design Suzie Harman: Costume Designer Nicole Stafford: Make-up Designer Kahleen Crawford: Casting Director

Details

Format: 35mm Aspect ratio: 1:85 Sound: 5.1 Colour DVD catalogue number: ART756DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART172BD Based on a short story ‘In Another Country' by David Constantine

Awards

Winners of Best Acting Silver Bears at 2015 Berlin Film Festival - Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay
2016 Oscar nominee for Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival
Winner of Best Performance in a British Feature Film at 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival - Charlotte Rampling
Winner of Best Actress at the 2015 National Society of Film Critics Awards - Charlotte Rampling

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GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 15

DIRECTOR: Andrew Haigh

CAST:
Charlotte Rampling: Kate Mercer
Tom Courtenay: Geoff Mercer
Geraldine James: Lena
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CREW:
Andrew Haigh: Director / writer
Tristan Goligher: Producer
Lol Crawley: Director of Photography
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DURATION: 95 Mins

COUNTRIES: UK

LANGUAGES: English

AWARDS:
Winners of Best Acting Silver Bears at 2015 Berlin Film Festival - Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay
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  • “Restrained, thoughtful and full of emotion… a triumph”

    Dave Calhoun, Time Out


  • “Supremely intelligent and moving and Rampling and Courtenay are superb”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “Charlotte Rampling has never been better”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph


  • “Subtle and incredibly moving”

    Kate Muir, The Times


  • “45 Years is remarkable cinema, it's tender, touching and ineffably poignant… both performances are nothing short of incredible”

    Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys


  • “Haigh has a miniaturist’s gift for nuance, pressing a hundredweight of personal history into fleeting exchanges”

    Danny Leigh, Financial Times

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