by Steven Rosen
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It's official. Carol, the 1950s-set drama about an affair between two women that was filmed last year in Cincinnati, will compete for the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. That will be its long-awaited premiere.It is one of only two films by U.S. directors in the much-vaunted competition, according to Variety. The announcement was made at a press conference in Cannes today.Directed by Todd Haynes (I'm Not There, Far From Heaven) with Christine Vachon as one of its producers, the film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson and is based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. Variety succinctly describes Carol's story as "about a lonely young department-store clerk who falls for an elegant older woman in 1950s New York."Besides Haynes, the only other U.S. director with a new film in competition at Cannes is Gus Van Sant, whose The Sea of Trees stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe as two men who meet in Japan's "Suicide Forest."However, because financing of movies is often international, Carol is actually listed as a U.S.-U.K. co-production. And another film in competition by a non-U.S. director, the French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve's Sicario, is listed as solely a U.S. production.Because the 14 films announced for competition are lower than in past years, Variety suggests several more may be added. This will be the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, the world's most prestigious, and occurs May 13-24. To read the full Variety story, go here.
by Jac Kern
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"Carol" to begin filming locally next spring
Cincinnati will serve as the backdrop for yet another film come spring
2014 as Director Todd Haynes shoots his upcoming film Carol around the city. Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the
film is based on the book (also known as The
Price of Salt) by Patricia Highsmith. While Carol takes place in 1950s New York City, the entire movie will be
shot in Cincinnati.
This locally filmed movie is another win for the Greater Cincinnati and
Northern Kentucky Film Commission, the organization that brought George Clooney,
Ryan Gosling and other stars to Cincinnati to shoot The Ides of March in early 2011. And while #ClooneyWatch may be
over now, there will be plenty of star-spotting when Carol production picks up next
year. And come to think of it, #RooneyWatch has a nice ring to it…
Director Todd Haynes’ past work include 1998’s Ziggy Stardust-inspired
glam Rock drama Velvet Goldmine and
the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There —
which also starred Cate Blanchett.
Highsmith’s 1952 publication was a groundbreaking piece of fiction as it
deals with a lesbian romance, and the story bucked tradition in gay fiction by
giving the couple a positive ending. It’s safe to say Blanchette and Mara will
be portraying the lovers.
Follow GCNKFC for more updates on this and other films (including Emilio
Estevez’ upcoming horse racing film Johnny
Longshot, which begins shooting in Cincinnati next summer.)
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The soundtrack to Todd Haynes' new movie about Bob Dylan is, in many ways, as inspired and daring (and successful) as the film. The 34 songs on two discs include only one actual Dylan recordi