59th BFI London Film Festival Announces the UK Premiere of Carol as the 2015 Festival’s American Express® Gala

Director Todd Haynes, stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara to attend the UK premiere.

Carol is a deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story and is also cinema at its most intoxicating and immaculate.” – Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® has announced Carol, Todd Haynes’ beautiful 1950s set drama, as the 2015 BFI London Festival’s American Express Gala. The film will receive its UK Premiere on Wednesday 14 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by Academy Award nominated director Haynes and its stars, Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara. Ms. Mara shared the best actress prize for her role in Carol at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival with Emmanuelle Bercot, who won for “Mon Roi.” (Read Sight & Sound’s Carol review)

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Directed by Todd Haynes, from a seamless adaptation by Phyllis Nagy, “Carol” was anointed a critical favorite at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in May after its first press screening. It’s the second collaboration of Mr. Haynes and Ms. Blanchett.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt, adapted by Emmy nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes, Carol stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Sarah Paulson.

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Carol [is] an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters’ inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order.” – Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic, Variety

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light.  As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

Todd Haynes, Director remarked, We are all extremely proud to be presenting the UK premiere of Carol at the BFI London Film Festival, a film adaptation which had its roots in Britain, and a festival which has meant a tremendous amount to me personally over the years.”

Added Producer Elizabeth Karlsen, As a British/American production it is very fitting that Carol will premiere as the BFI London Film Festival’s American Express Gala. Carol is a beautiful romance with two powerful women at its heart and we are truly honoured that UK audiences will have the chance to see such a female-driven film at one of the world’s most prestigious festivals. Phyllis Nagy’s wonderful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s once-scandalous love story translates brilliantly to the big screen and director Todd Haynes’ exquisite filmmaking has done terrific justice to a seminal novel.”

Carol is produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films. Carol was developed by Film4 who also co-financed the film and is produced in association with Larkhark Films Limited, for STUDIOCANAL, Hanway Films, Goldcrest, Dirty Films, and InFilm. Executive Producers are Tessa Ross, Dorothy Berwin, Thorsten Schumacher, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Danny Perkins, Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton and Robert Jolliffe; and is co-produced by Gwen BialicSTUDIOCANAL will release the film in cinemas nationwide in the UK on 27 November 2015The Weinstein Company has scheduled Carol for a December 18 release in the U.S.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® runs from Wednesday 7 OctoberSunday 18 October 2015. The full program for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday 1 September 2015.