- Mezipatra Queer Film Festival will present British-American Carol in March.
- Directed by Todd Haynes, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in the leading roles.
- The film won Queer Palm after its premiere in Cannes and had six Oscar nominations.
The long-awaited romantic drama will be available for Czech viewers on 31st March as a part of the Mezipatra Approved series which introduces selected queer-oriented films throughout the year. The film will then be distributed by Bontonfilm from 21st April.
Todd Haynes' film starts on Christmas 1952. Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is making some extra cash as a salesgirl in a Manhattan department store. It is where she meets Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), a mysterious upper-class woman. The fleeting yet intense encounter leads to a lunch invitation, and a passionate affair gradually develops between the two women. However, the relationship is met with social disapproval and the consequences for divorcing Carol as well as for young Therese can be damning.
Director Todd Haynes based his film on The Price of Salt, a novel by Patricia Highsmith which evoked controversy upon its publishing in early 1950s: it displayed the homosexual relationship in an unusually positive light. However, the director presents the struggle against social conventions rather between the lines, focusing the main attention on the universal topic of fateful love. “Neither Carol nor Therese are a part of any specific subculture, the main point is the intensity of their relationship,” remarks Cate Blanchett.
Carol premiered at last year's Cannes festival where it won the Queer Palm award. It also had five Golden Globe nominations and six Oscar nominations, including the one for the Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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