On Saturday, tensions were building as we awaited the announcements for the awards ceremony of the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival. The week before had been the premier of Andrew Haigh’s ’45 Years’ – the feature film based upon David Constantine’s short story, published by Comma in 2005 – and the critics had pounced upon the film, praising it with a host of fantastic reviews. Up against films with leading front-runners such as Werner Hertzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ starring Nicole Kidman, Damien Lewis and James Franco, and Isabel Coixet’s ‘Nobody Wants the Night’ starring Juliette Binoche, ’45 Years’ seemed to somewhat the underdog of the whole affair. Nevertheless, it strode ahead.
The two lead stars: Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, both walked away with Silver Bear awards (Rampling for Best Actress and Courtenay for Best Actor). This news comes as a testament to the strong work of up and coming director Andrew Haigh, but also to David Constantine, the Salford-born author who originally wrote the story ‘In Another Country’ which was commissioned for Comma’s first ever single-author collection Under the Dam and published in 2005. That story has come a long way, and now reached international audiences with its delicately poised observation of a couple who are going through strains in their marriage.
At Comma, we are delighted to see such a great work of literature being articulated through film in a way that evokes such atmosphere and depth.
Don’t wait for the film to come out, read the book now!