The 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair awards CAROL as the best international film adaption of a novel. Todd Haynes accepted the award on the evening of the German premiere in Berlin on October 20, 2015.
Todd Haynes bekommt für #CAROL den Filmpreis der Frankfurter Buchmesse. Laudator und persönlicher Preisverleiher war gestern Abend Direktor der Frankfurter Buchmesse: Juergen Boos.
Posted by DCM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015
This year, the Frankfurt Book Fair’s prize for Best International Literary Adaptation goes to the US director Todd Haynes for CAROL, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, published in 1952 (German title: Carol – Salz und sein Preis, published in Germany by Diogenes). With an outstanding cast including Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the production was presented this year at the Cannes Film Festival, where Rooney Mara received the award for “Best Actress”.
The Frankfurt Book Fair’s prize for Best International Literary Adaptation was presented to Todd Haynes on Tuesday, 20 October, on the occasion of the film’s German première in Berlin.
“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”, said Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair. “With this prize, we want to put the spotlight on exceptional literary film adaptations – and on the literary originals that inspired these productions.” In addition to the prize for Best International Literary Adaptation, which from 2004 to 2014 has been awarded as part of the Hessian Film and Cinema Awards, the Frankfurt Book Fair, in cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival, is organising the “Books at Berlinale” rights market. Through StoryDrive and other conferences, it is also providing inspiration for cross-media thinking and exploitation during the Book Fair itself.
About CAROL: In 1950s New York, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is unhappily married to her wealthy husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler). She meets the young Therese (Rooney Mara), who works in a department store and dreams of a career as a photographer. During a trip they take together, a very special bond develops between the two women, ultimately blossoming into love. But Harge refuses to accept his wife’s newfound happiness, hiring a private detective to follow the new lovers and to collect key evidence for the on-going divorce proceedings. Before long, Carol finds herself having to fight for custody of her beloved daughter.
“In elaborately composed shots, Todd Haynes revives the repressive atmosphere of the 1950s. With CAROL, he tells the love story of two women who defy society’s narrow moral values. As he did in FAR FROM HEAVEN, here Todd Haynes once again creates film on a grand emotional scale, without it feeling kitschy or sentimental”, said Juergen Boos, explaining the decision.
Todd Haynes, born in 1961, received the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2007 for his fictional Bob Dylan bio-pic I’M NOT THERE, for which his female lead Cate Blanchett won the Coppa Volpi. Julianne Moore won Best Actress in Venice for her role in Haynes’s melodrama FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002), and, in 2003, Haynes himself received the Chlotrudis Award for Best Director for the film. In 2011, he was appointed to the jury of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. That same year, he directed the five-part television series “Mildred Pierce”, starring Kate Winslet and based on the novel by James M. Cain.
CAROL is coming to German cinemas on 17 December 2015, distributed by DCM.