The KimStim Collection, with sales and distribution support provided by Icarus Films, announced this past week that writer/director Barnaby Southcombe’s film adaptation of Elsa Lewin’s 1987 mystery novel, I, Anna, will be available on DVD this coming June 21.
The streets of New York of the 1980s have been updated to those of modern London in this neo noir thriller adapted for the screen by Southcombe (Footballers Wive$: Overtime, Waterloo Road, etc.) as a showcase for his mother, Charlotte Rampling.
The film sensation of 1970s with her cutting-edge roles in such films as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Zardoz, The Night Porter and more, did not receive her first Oscar nomination until this past year for her performance in 45 Years — which is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on June 14.
In I, Anna, she plays Anna Welles, a lonely woman with “issues,” who may, or may not, have been involved in a brutal murder. Bernie Reid (Gabriel Byrne), the detective assigned to the case, becomes enamored with her style, her elegance and her beauty — as men so often do in film noir tales — and, being lonely himself, falls in love with her.
As events unfold, and she begins to experience repressed memories, Reid is trapped between doing his job and sheltering the woman he has fallen in love with … who just might have a screw loose.
This stylish, psychological tale — with its beautiful cinematography — worked the festival circuit in Europe, Asia and Canada (with wins at the Viareggio EuropaCinema festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival, among others), had a brief theatrical run in selected markets overseas, but failed to find theatrical representation in the domestic market.
The KimStim Collection has come to the rescue and the timing for this Charlotte Rampling star-vehicle is spot-on with 45 Years arriving in the home entertainment market at the same time. Rampling and Byrne fans will not be disappointed.