The 14th student-run Ivy Film Festival (April 6-12) is giving a major tribute to alumnus Haynes. And we’ll get our first-ever look at the drama “Carol” via a first-ever clip. Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s landmark lesbian novella “The Price of Salt” is likely to debut at Cannes 2015. The indie pioneer’s first film since 2007’s experimental Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” “Carol” stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women in a relationship in 1950s New York.
“I very much look forward to being able to take part in this year’s Ivy Film Festival, largely because it’s a student run event and it was students who reached out to me directly,” said Todd Haynes, who studied semiotics at Ivy’s home base, Brown University. “I decided to screen both material from ‘Carol,’ which has hasn’t been seen anywhere so far, [and] my earliest works that I felt might be interesting to students interested in film and filmmaking.”
“Carol,” which wrapped last May, turns on Therese (Mara), a twentysomething department store clerk who dreams of a bigger life when she meets Carol (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, wealthy marriage. Their lives begin to unravel as Carol fears losing custody of her daughter when her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her with separation. Sarah Paulson co-stars as one of Carol’s ex-lovers.
The fest will also screen hot Sundance titles “The End of the Tour” and “Slow West” and, for the first time since its touted SXSW work-in-progress premiere, Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer. More info via the film fest here.
The Ivy Fest this year expands to five schools beyond its Brown University home: Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This year, 27 films were selected from more than 250 submissions to compete in four separate student competitions: the domestic undergraduate, the graduate school and the international film competitions, and the screenplay competition.