Carol, which comes out in wide release Friday, won four awards at the New York Film Critics Circle on Wednesday, including Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Director, and Best Film.
The 1950s romantic drama stars Cate Blanchett as Carol, a glamorous older married woman who has caught the eye of a young department clerk, played by Rooney Mara.
The movie is based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt. Nearly 20 years later, screenwriter Phyllis Nagy started working on the screenplay and director Todd Haynes got involved as well.
“I think in the process of trying to get it made and appealing to different producers and financiers over the years, you sometimes feel like it’s getting a little watered down, de-fanged,” Haynes said. “And there’s something very sharp and challenging about that book. It’s a fantastic piece of work.”
Blanchett also spoke highly of Highsmith.
“She writes so fearlessly – and often ambiguously, but often ferociously – about human relationships and the human heart,” she said.
Carol will hit theaters worldwide on Friday December 4.
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