Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carol takes the Best International Literary Adaptation prize at Frankfurt

More good news for Carol. The Franfurt Book Fair, the international publishing industry’s largest trade fair, has just awarded the prize for Best International Literary Adaptation to the upcoming Carol based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt.
I’ve been watching the progress of the movie due out November 20th which, because of its LBQT nature, has made a bit of a splash. It’s the story of two women, a shopgirl (Rooney Mara) who dreams of being a photographer and an older married woman (Cate Blanchett) who fall in love, but whose love affair creates multi-layered difficulties. Rooney Mara won Best Actress for her performance at Cannes while director Todd Haynes won Cannes Queer Palm award. The movie was also nominated for the coveted Palm D’or prize. Phyllis Nagy wrote the adaptation and will most likely be nominated when the Writers Guild and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences mark their ballots as well.
In elaborately composed shots, Todd Haynes revives the repressive atmosphere of the 1950s. With ‘Carol,’ he tells the love story of two women who defy society’s narrow moral values. As he did in ‘Far From Heaven,’ here Todd Haynes once again creates film on a grand emotional scale, without it feeling kitschy or sentimental.  
     Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair




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