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Rebecca Ferguson takes the lead: Despite the Falling Snow (First TRAILER)

UPDATE: 1/31/2016 Despite the Falling Snow made its debut in Spain this weekend AND Ive found our trailer! You’ll find it, in English and Spanish, at the bottom of this post, originally published 1/13/16. Talk about #SlackerSunday! Im done for the day. Except for one thing—congrats to all the winners at the SAG awards last night, especially lovely and deserving Leonardo DiCaprio. How about Leo and Rebecca pairing up in a film? Thats something Id like to see!

If you saw Tom Cruise’s 2015 Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation hit, chances are you remember Rebecca Ferguson, a real standout in her supporting role as Ilsa. Rumor has it shell be back for the next one. Ferguson, who well see in another supporting role in The Girl on the Train, takes the lead this year in the upcoming screen adaptation written and directed by Shamim Sarif, based on her own novel. 

Im doubly jazzed; the lack of female representation in film, both on screen in solid, leading parts and in key off screen roles i.e. directors, cinematographers, has been much talked about lately. With Ferguson starring and Sarif writing and directing, Despite the Falling Snow ticks all the boxes. One is tempted to support a film like this whether its any good or not. Thankfully, the film sounds good! Ferguson is joined by Game of Thrones Charles Dance and The Astronaut Wives ClubSam Reid, playing older and younger versions of Alexander, the love interest for Fergusons Katya.

Heres the skinny on the book—which came out in 2004 but Ive not read it—:

The enthralling narrative of Shamim Sarif's powerful second novel moves between present day Boston and 1950s Moscow. After an early career amongst the political elite of Cold War Russia, Alexander Ivanov has built a successful business in the States. For forty years, he has buried the tragic memories surrounding his charismatic late wife, Katya - or so he believes. For into his life come two women - one who will open up the heart he has protected for so long; another who is determined to uncover what really happened to Katya so long ago. The novel's journey back to the snowbound streets of post-Stalinist Moscow reveals a world of secrets and treachery. Shamim Sarif's elegant writing delicately evokes the intensity of passionate love and tragic violence.
 Anyone read the book which is blurbed on the cover as being ‘breathtaking’? I’d love to hear from you. It sounds like shades of John LeCarre and as a friend told me, Tom Rob Smith, and that sounds awfully good to me. 

Despite the Falling Snow is slated for release in Spain on January 29th, and in the UK on April 22. Hoping for word here in the states soon. 

Movies based on books 2016

Despite the Falling Snow trailer  

En Español