BFI London Film Festival Sets 'Carol' Gala Screening


Director Todd Haynes and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will attend the U.K. premiere of the adaptation of the lesbian romance by Patricia Highsmith.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival said Monday that it would screen Todd Haynes' lesbian romance Carol as this year's American Express gala movie.

The Oct. 14 screening at the British capital's Odeon Leicester Square will be the drama's U.K. premiere. Haynes and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will attend.

The film, set in the 1950s, focuses on a woman in her 20s (Mara) who works in a Manhattan department store and meets Carol (Blanchett), who is trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, the film also stars Kyle Chandler. It played at the Cannes film festival in competition this year.

Said Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director: "Carol is a deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story and is also cinema at its most intoxicating and immaculate."

Said Haynes: "We are all extremely proud to be presenting the U.K. 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."

The festival runs Oct. 7-18.