Lesbian Film “Carol” Wins at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Stephen Fuchs on

The upcoming British-American film “Carol”, staring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, just took home the top prize for Best International Film Adaptation of a Novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the publishing industries largest trade fair.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt”, the film focuses on Carol Aird (Blanchett), an unhappily married woman in New York during the 1950’s, who meets a young woman working at a department store and quickly forms a relationship that goes far deeper than a friendship.

“In elaborately composed shots, Todd Haynes [the film’s director] revives the repressive atmosphere of the 1950s. With ‘Carol,’ he tells the love story of two women who defy society’s narrow moral values,” said The Frankfurt Book Fair’s director Juergen Boos. “For years we’ve been successfully working on strengthening the collaboration between the publishing and film industries, and on continuously developing the potential it holds… With this prize, we want to put the spotlight on exceptional literary film adaptations.”

“Carol” will hit US theaters on November 20 and in Germany on December 17.