Shamim Sharif's DESPITE THE FALLING SNOW Hits UK Screens In April

Actress Rebecca Ferguson became a darling find for many a moviegoer last year in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and gladly that won't be the last we hear of her with a number of titles she's attached to.

One such title hails from the UK with the forthcoming release of the period romantic war drama, Despite The Falling Snow. Writer and director Shamim Sarif marks her third feature film drama here with this following the release of her 2004 novel of the same name and Altitude is opening the film in the UK on April 15, with Charles Dance and Sam Reid also starring.

Read on for the announcement from a few days ago, and then watch the trailer:
All female film team release Rebecca Ferguson-led Cold War love story "Despite the Falling Snow" releases nationwide in the UK by Altitude Releasing on April 15th.

At a time when the scarcity of women directors, writers and producers is being noticed throughout the industry, "Despite the Falling Snow" provides a welcome change. The film is written and directed by Shamim Sarif, who adapted the screenplay from her own highly acclaimed novel and Hanan Kattan, Sarif’s partner and co-founder of Enlightenment Productions, serves as sole producer on the film. Shamim Sarif’s novel, originally published by Hodder Headline in the UK and St Martins Press in the US, is being republished in a movie edition by Metro on April 7th. As always in Enlightenment’s films, "Despite the Falling Snow" features strong female protagonists - and two of those roles are played here by rising star Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). Also starring are Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Sam Reid (Belle) and Antje Traue (Man of Steel). Other contributions from accomplished women include a title song by music star Ella Henderson and score by Oscar winning composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolate). Among the Executive Producers are two of the duo’s long time collaborators, Katherine Priestley and Lisa Tchenguiz. Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Thure Lindhardt (Keep The Lights On) complete the cast and the film was edited by Masahiro Hirakubo (The Duchess, Trainspotting). The movie offers a rare female perspective on the Cold War and marks the third feature collaboration between the duo. Their first film, "I Can’t Think Straight," became a cult success and won 11 awards. Their second, "The World Unseen," premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and went on to garner 23 awards worldwide, including 11 South African Film & TV Awards (SAFTAs). Known as an "actor’s director," Sarif has made a name drawing out nuanced performances from actresses in complex, leading roles that have traditionally been all too rare in the mainstream film world and that have inspired tens of thousands of fans to vocalise their support for her work via social media. Trailers and fan videos for Sarif’s first two films have garnered over 100 million hits on YouTube alone.

"Despite the Falling Snow" Synopsis: Moscow, 1959. Embroiled in a plot to steal secrets for the Americans at the height of the Cold War, Katya Grinkova (Rebecca Ferguson) finds herself torn between love and duty when she falls for her target, idealistic Soviet politician Alexander Ivanov (Sam Reid). As Alexander prepares for a diplomatic mission to the USA and the net closes around her, Katya must decide whether to sacrifice her love to protect him. New York, 1992. Alexander Ivanov (Charles Dance) is still haunted by the disappearance of his beloved Katya after his forced defection from the U.S.S.R. After 30 years of uncertainty, a surprising discovery may finally help him discover the truth about her sacrifice.

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