Cannes Report, Day 5: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Sing for ‘Carol,’ Matthias Schoenaerts Goes Carpet Casual

The cast hits the festival circuit for Todd Haynes’ period drama about female lovers, Diane Kruger shows for tense thriller “Disorder”

Riding a wave of early awards buzz, the cast and director of “Carol” charged Day 5 of the Cannes Film Festival.

Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and their maestro Todd Haynes appeared at a press conference and later a screening of the period piece about two women carrying on an affair.

Live-wire Blanchett had to clear the air about an interview she gave in France where she allegedly revealed that has enjoyed numerous same-sex relationships in her personal life. Blanchett later clarified to the Guardian newspaper:

“In 2015, the point should be: who cares? Call me old fashioned but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences,” said Blanchett.

“My own life is of no interest to anyone else. Or maybe it is. But I certainly have no interest in putting my own thoughts and opinions out there.”

In “Carol,” Blanchett’s eponymous character is entangled with young Mara’s Therese. While Blanchett wields her expert gifts in carrying the film, Mara “is the real surprise here, holding down much of the film herself, revealing tender vulnerability and that occasional dimpled smile,” Sasha Stone wrote in review for TheWrap.

Other Cannes Film Festival Day 5 action includes:

"Disorder" Photocall - The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Belgian “It” boy Matthias Schoenaerts showed up super casual (a power move akin to over-dressing, if you ask us) to a photo call for “Disorder,” a film formerly titled “Maryland” in which he plays a PTSD-afflicted bodyguard to Diane Kruger’s high-profile bride.

The pair were a freshening mix of sophistication and silly, winning over photographers camping out on the French Riviera.

Cannes Notable Deals
Festival sensation ‘Son of Saul,’ a Holocaust drama by first-time director Laszlo Nemes was acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, according to media reports.

The film, which is playing in the main competition, has been drawing significant buzz for its searing impact and the fact that this is Nemes’ first film. It tells the story of Saul, a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp forced to burn the corpses of other Jews, who finds moral survival in trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

Miles Teller boxing drama “Bleed For This,” about underdog boxer Vinny Paz, was bought for $4 million by indie distributor Open Road. CAA and WME showed footage to buyers Friday and Open Road ultimately snagged the film among several bidders. The studio successfully released Dan Gilroy‘s “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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