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Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Andrew Haigh‘s 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film, which Haigh adapted for the screen from a short story by David Constantine, centers on a married couple who are about to celebrate their 45th anniversary, when the body of the husband’s old girlfriend, who died 50 years earlier in the Swiss Alps, is discovered and stirs up old memories.
45 Years was produced by Tristan Goligher at London-based The Bureau. Its executive producers are Christopher Collins, Lizzie Francke, Sam Lavender, Tessa Ross, Richard Holmes and Vincent Gadelle. It was financed by the BFI, Film4 and Creative England and co-developed by Film4 and the BFI.
Haigh previously directed the 2011 gay drama Weekend and is executive producer of the current HBO series Looking.
“45 Years is a poignant exploration of love, life, and commitment. We loved collaborating with Andrew on Weekend, and are thrilled to be working with him and Tristan once again.” Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, senior vp acquisitions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Match Factory, which represented the filmmakers.
Sundance Selects is a sister label to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.