Andrew Haigh's emotional drama '45 Years' took home the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival's awards ceremony on Friday.
Presented by actor Jane Seymour, the prize is one of the longest running film awards in the UK and honours imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. '45 Years' was chosen as the recipient of this year's award by the Michael Powell jury which was chaired by LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan alongside actor/director Karen Gillan and actor Ian Hart.
"We’re delighted to present the Michael Powell Award for best British feature. This year it goes to a quietly explosive film which represents classic filmmaking at its best," said the Michael Powell Jury. "This is a measured yet provocative film, a masterclass in understated acting that was the unanimous choice of the jury.”
Director Andrew Haigh said: "“This is a real honour and made even more special when you consider the list of British films that have won before. All you can hope for when you make a film is that it resonates with people and that is why receiving an award such as this feels so fantastic.”
The film stars British talent Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple who find their relationship suddenly fractured in the lead up to their 45th wedding anniversary. Rampling was also recognized at Edinburgh for her role in '45 Years', winning the award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film alongside James Cosmo for his performance in 'The Pyramid Texts'.
“It is an extraordinary moment when you are singled out when the craft that you have been perfecting throughout your life is appreciated and rewarded. It is thrilling and humbling and I thank you so much for giving me the chance to feel so proud," said Rampling. "I thank Andrew Haigh for seeing what he sees, Tom Courtenay for moving me to tears, and Tristan Golligher for believing that this could be made.”
Creative England supported the feature's development through our Production Fund which aims to produce projects with a budget of up to £2M from new filmmakers or established talent looking to experiment with style or form. Additional support for '45 Years' came from Film4 and the BFI Film Fund.
'45 Years' will be released in cinemas and on demand on August 28th.
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