“Carol” and “Son of Saul” were my two favorite films in Cannes this year. Both are about enigmatic individuals who open the doors of enlightenment to the next
generation. The emotional impact comes not from the story itself, but from the related outcome of the story.
Picked up by The Weinstein Company, “Carol” was produced by the acclaimed Elizabeth Karlsen, and after the success of the film at Cannes, she will kick-off the Strategic Partners program, a production of the Atlantic Film Festival, with an opening keynote conversation
Written by Phyllis Nagy, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara
the film premiered in competition at Cannes earlier this year. Additionally, Karlsen co-produced Academy Award® winner Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Rachel Weisz, which also premiered at Cannes. Both films dazzled audiences and are receiving critical acclaim.
Karlsen’s conversation “Getting from there to here” will offer an inspired, candid account of how she built her career across America and Europe. She will
share stories ranging from her start in the New York indie world to running leading independent UK-based production company Number 9 Films and the
challenges of staying relevant and financially viable in an ever-changing industry. Karlsen’s opening conversation promises to be an insightful look at the
challenges and triumphs of her trail-blazing career.
“Elizabeth Karlsen’s tremendous achievements embody what Strategic Partners sets out to deliver to its delegation annually: vision, intelligence, and
inspiration,” says Strategic Partners Director, Laura Mackenzie. “She lives and breathes amongst the industry’s most forward-thinkers representing the
exact message we want to deliver at Strategic Partners. This keynote conversation promises to be a much deserved celebration of her accomplishments to
The Strategic Partners program will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from