LONDON — Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set drama “Carol” will screen at the 59th BFI London Film Festival as the event’s American Express Gala. The film will receive its U.K. premiere on Oct. 14 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, attended by Haynes and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Phyllis Nagy’s screenplay was adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt.” It centers on a woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Mara), who is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life. She meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.
Festival director Clare Stewart described the film as a “deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story.” It is “cinema at its most intoxicating and immaculate,” she added.
“Carol” was produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films.
The full program of the festival, which runs from Oct. 7-18, will be announced on Sept. 1.