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Sundance Selects Have No Doubts about Andrew Haigh’s “45 Years”

Among our most anticipated foreign films (#27) for 2015, along with Pablo Larraín’s The Club, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years has turned out to be among the most buzzed items at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. With trophyware not yet handed out, Variety reports that IFC’s Arianna Bocco has snagged the North American distrib rights for the Sundance Selects label.

Gist: Based on the short story by David Constantine and adapted by Haigh, Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay portray a couple in the middle of preparations for her 45th wedding anniversary when he receives news that the body of his old girlfriend, who died years earlier in a fatal accident in the Swiss Alps, has finally been found.

Worth Noting: Haigh was an assistant editor Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and Black Hawk Down prior to embarking on his debut short films.

Do We Care?: We’ve been keeping close tabs on Haigh since his breakout 2011 sophomore film, Weekend.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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