Call this a little bit of cleaning up of “Carol” news from 2014. As you’ll recall, the first word of when Todd Haynes‘ latest drama might surface arrived in October when the filmmaker himself revealed that a spring premiere (our guess is Cannes) is in the works for the film, but when might you get to see it? Well, if you can’t hit the Croisette, you’ll be waiting a bit longer.
In the fall, Haynes and longtime producer Christine Vachon hit Swarthmore College to talk about their work, and the Daily Gazette reports that the latter revealed that “Carol” “will be released next fall.” So, here’s another way to look at it: likely a glitzy Cannes premiere followed by an awards season run, and that sounds about right to us for the lesbian romance about a married woman who embarks on a relationship with a younger department store worker. And as Haynes explains, the film is for all intents and purposes finished and ready to go.
“We literally just finished completing all the deliverable requirements for it. It’s weird, because it’s so late in this year, but there was no way to make any festival’s deadline for it. We all thought it would benefit from a festival launch, so we decided to wait. It’s not going to come out until next year, and it’s going to be torturous to wait that long,” he told The Film Stage a couple of weeks ago.
And while the film, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, is set in the 1950s, it won’t be something you’ve seen from Haynes before.
“…it’s a very different kind of ’50s film than ‘Far from Heaven‘ was. The feel of it is much less inspired by ’50s cinema, and more by, I guess, photojournalism and a lot of the art photography we were seeing at the time, which has much more gritty… it’s a very poised film, because it has a real sense of control to it. The look of it is much more distressed,” he explained. “It’s set in the early ’50s, before the Eisenhower era had really taken hold. It was a really transformational and unstable time from the war years into the beginning to what would become the ’50s as we know them. The historical imagery and references we uncovered showed New York was really like an old-world city in great duress: very dirty, very dingy, and very neglected.”
And we can’t wait to see what Haynes has ready up his sleeve. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara lead the movie with Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, John Magaro and Carrie Brownstein in support. Check out a new image from the film below. [via Miss Belivet]