Two legendary queer auteurs will be screening there new films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The lineup — which was announced this morning in Paris — will feature both Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Gus Van Sant’s “The Sea of Trees,” certainly two of our most anticipated 2015 releases.
Haynes and Van Sant both emerged from late 80s/early 90s New Queer Cinema, and both have gone on to become internationally renowned filmmakers since (this is not the first time either have headed to the Croisette). And while Van Sant’s “Sea of Trees” doesn’t appear to have any queer content (it stars Matthew McConaughey as an American man who attempts suicide in Japan’s “Suicide Forest”), Haynes’ “Carol” very much does. The one and only Cate Blanchett stars in the titular role as a 1950s-era married woman who begins a romantic relationship with a young store clerk played by Rooney Mara. More over, it co-stars Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson and is based on a fantastic novel by Patricia Highsmith (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”). Which without a doubt adds up it to being #1 on our Cannes “to see” list.
The Cannes Film Festival runs May 13-24.