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Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay to star in 45 Years

Story by Jack Foley

PRINCIPAL photography will commence on new British film, 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, in Spring 2014.

The film follows Kate Mercer in the five days leading up to her 45th 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.

Writer-director Andrew Haigh adapted the screenplay from a short story by the prize-winning poet David Constantine.

45 Years marks the first screen union of Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia, The Swimming Pool) and Tom Courtenay (Last Orders, Quartet), two of Britain’s best and most-loved acting talents.

Haigh has previously directed Weekend, which became a breakout success after winning the Emerging Visions Audience Award at SXSW where it premiered. Weekend 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 executive produced the new and highly anticipated HBO show Looking.

Producer Tristan Goligher commented: “Andrew first showed me the short story, that has become 45 Years, in 2008 when we were making a short film together.

“Back then it was but a dream that we could one day bring together such an incredible cast, to tell the story of two people facing their life’s choices head on. We now have the chance to make that a reality.”

The film continues a busy spell for London’s The Bureau and sister company the Paris based Le Bureau.

Last year, the companies co-produced Roger Michell’s Le Weekend with Free Range Films and are currently in post-production with Potboiler for Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, as well as Alain Choquart’s Ladygrey starring Peter Sarsgaard, Emily Mortimer, Jérémie Rénier and Liam Cunningham, which just wrapped in South-Africa.

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