Carol, a story of lesbian love in the 1950s starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, has won the Queer Palm award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Adapted from a novel (The Price of Salt) by the late Patricia Highsmith, the film tells the story of a love affair between a wealthy married woman and a shop girl. The novel was intensely controversial for offering a ‘happy ending’ to a same-sex relationship in an era where homosexuality was still criminalized.
The film was directed by Todd Haynes, a filmmaker associated with the New Queer Cinema movement whose past work includes such critically acclaimed films as Poison, Safe, Far from Heaven and Velvet Goldmine. He previously worked with Cate Blanchett in his film I’m Not There, a series of intersecting vignettes about the life of Bob Dylan. Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jude Quinn—a Dylan doppelganger from the mid-1960s.
Rooney Mara, best known to audiences for her role as Lisbeth Salandar in the English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, tied for the Best Actress Award at Cannes with Emmanuelle Bercot for her hole in Mon Roi.
The Queer Palm is an independently sponsored prize for films focused around LGBT+ themes in the Cannes Film Festival, first awarded to Kaboom in 2010. Other winners include Pride (2014), Stranger by the Lake (2013), Lawrence Anyways (2012) and Beauty (2011).