Adapted from a short story by the prize winning poet David Constantine, 45 Years marks the first screen union of two of Britain’s best, and most loved acting talents: Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, Swimming Pool), and Tom Courtenay (Last Orders, Quartet).
45 Years follows Kate Mercer in the five days leading up to her forty-fifth wedding anniversary. The planning for the party is going well, but then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
45 Years will be produced by Tristan Goligher and directed by Andrew Haigh. Haigh and Goligher’s previous film, Weekend, became a breakout success after winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW where it premiered. Weekend also went on to win numerous awards including Breakthrough British Filmmaker, for Haigh, at the London Critics Circle Film Awards and a BIFA for Best Achievment In Production.
Since then Haigh has directed and exec produced the new, and highly anticipated, HBO show Looking