Feature film based on a Comma Press short story hailed as one of the stand-out films at this year’s Berlinale.
Premiering atthe Berlin Film Festival last Friday, 45 Years – a new feature from rising star Andrew Haigh – has been hailed as one of the stand-out films of the entire festival. 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 from the past.
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).
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
‘Terrific’ – 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)She’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
David Constantine Under the Dam was published by Comma Press in 2005