Todd Haynes' Lesbian Romance 'Carol' to Open Whistler Film Fest

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The festival, which kicks off Dec. 2, will also screen Jay Roach's 'Trumbo' and the Ethan Hawke-starrer 'Born to the Blue.'

Todd Haynes' lesbian romance Carol, starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, is to open the Whistler Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Haynes' feature adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price Of Salt premiered in Cannes, where Mara was named best actress. Whistler, which runs Dec. 2-6, also imported a number of Toronto Film Festival titles, including Jay Roach's Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy's Legend, the Maggie Smith-starrer The Lady in the Van, Born to the Blue, starring Ethan Hawke, and Maggie's Plan, starring Julianne Moore.

The west coast festival is also giving a North American premiere to Robert Carlyle's directorial debut, The Legend of Barney Thomson, which also stars Emma Thompson and debuted at Edinburgh. Other titles headed to Whistler include Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, Gaspar Noe's Love, and Roar Uthaug's The Waves.

The closing night film is Canadian director Jason Goode's own first feature, Numb, which debuted in Busan. Also in the Canadian film lineup is Jon Cassar's Foresaken, Ricardo Trogi's The Mirage, Jamie Dagg's River and Brian Johnson's Al Purdy Was Here.