A lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won the 2015 Queer Palm award, an independently sponsored prize entered into the Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by Todd Haynes, ‘Carol’ is adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel (‘The Price of Salt’) that tells the story of two women who fall in love in 1950s New York at a time when homosexuality was criminalized.
Blanchett plays Carol, a wealthy married woman who falls in love with an ambitious shopgirl played by Mara.
The film is said to be a strong contender for the Palme d’Or which will be announced on Sunday.
The Queer Palm jury also gave a special mention to ‘The Lobster’, an eccentric fable about lovers who risk being turned into animals if they fail to find a partner.
Although the film – starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz – did not contain explicit gay themes, the jury said it ‘ridiculed absurd social norms and conventions related to sexual relations.’
Queer Palm jury president Desiree Akhavan, an American actress and director, told the AFP that the special mention for ‘The Lobster’ reflected the lack of overtly gay representation among this year’s official selection in Cannes.