CAROL to have Gala screening at BFI London Film Festival

Todd Haynes’ Cannes competition pic Carol wowed the Croisette in its world premiere back in May, winning a Best Actress prize for Rooney Mara in the process. The drama (see teaser above) has now been selected as the American Express Gala screening of the BFI London Film Festival. That high-profile UK premiere on October 14 will help get the awards season contender out in front of both local BAFTA and AMPAS members. The Weinstein Co recently set a November 20 U.S. release, giving it a head-start on the Christmas rush; Studiocanal takes it out in the UK on November 27.

The 1950s-set love story sees Mara as Therese Belivet, a clerk in a Manhattan department store who falls for Cate Blanchett’s eponymous character, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. The trailer above is the offical UK teaser that provides a glimpse onto the two women and their surrounding lives. It’s set to 1949’s “My Foolish Heart” which was commpsed by Victor Young and written by Ned Washington for the Mark Robson-directed film of the same name about a woman reflecting on the turns her life has taken.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price Of Salt, Carol was adapted by Emmy nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy. It is produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films with development and co-financing from Film4. 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 and Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Danny Perkins and Cate Blanchett, Andrew Upton, Robert Jolliffe. Gwen Bialic is co-producer.

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