Shamim Sarif’s Despite the Falling Snow World Sales Rights Acquired
Six Sales have acquired the world sales rights to Shamim Sarif’s Despite the Falling Snow starring Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Sam Reid, Ante Traue and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. The film is set to screen at the Cannes Film Market next month, which takes place along side the film festival. Despite the Falling Snow is adapted by Shamim Sarif from her own book of the same name and produced by Hanan Kattan and co-produced by SK Enlightenment Film Canada.
In 1950s Moscow, communist Katya secretly spies for the Americans in the Cold War arms race. When she lands her biggest assignment, stealing secrets from rising government star Alexander, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Reconciling her passion for him with her beliefs about communism means making the greatest sacrifice – of her life – a sacrifice that Alexander only uncovers thirty years later.
Despite the Falling Snow is a relatively rare film today, an epic love story which talks about betrayal, how people behave under the deepest political and emotional stress. – Hanan Kattan
Classic cinema lovers will find their film in Despite the Falling Snow. There is a lack of classical thrillers with grand love stories in the market: This film fill that gap – Marina Fuentes (Six Films head)
The action of Despite the Falling Snow moves between present day Boston and 1950s Moscow. After an early career amongst the political elite of Cold War Russia, Alexander Ivanov has lived in the States for forty years. Here he has built a successful business; and here he has managed to bury the tragic memories surrounding his charismatic late wife, Katya – or so he believes.
For into his life come two women – one who will start to open up the heart he has kept protected for so long; another who is determined to uncover the truth about what really happened to Katya all those years ago. The novel’s journey back to the snowbound streets of post-Stalinist Moscow reveals a precarious, dangerous world of secrets and treachery