Lesbian love story 'Carol' voted best LGBT film of all time

Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:28pm EDT
 
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By Luke Mintz

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lesbian love story "Carol" starring Australian actress Cate Blanchett was on Tuesday named as the top LGBT film of all time by the British Film Institute in what was described as its first major critical survey of LGBT films.

Decided by a panel of 100 film experts, "Carol" topped a list of 30 films from more than 80 years of cinema history, followed closely by British director Andrew Haigh's "Weekend" and Hong Kong romantic drama "Happy Together".

The poll, that featured films from 12 countries including Thailand, Japan, Sweden, and Spain, was conducted to mark the 30th anniversary of BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival which is Britain's longest running lesbian and gay film event.

"Carol's win excites us because it's great to see a film about two women in love enjoy such prominence, particularly given cinema's relative lack of lesbian content," said Tricia Tuttle, deputy head of festivals BFI.

The film "Carol", based on the 1952 novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, is the story of a wealthy married woman (Blanchett) who falls in love with an ambitious New York shop girl played by Rooney Mara in the 1950s.

It received critical acclaim upon its release last year, earning six Academy Award nominations including best actress and best supporting actress and nine BAFTA nominations although it did not win at either award ceremony.

Director Todd Haynes said "Carol" was in illustrious company on the list with other films including "Brokeback Mountain", "Un Chant d’Amour" and "My Own Private Idaho".

The film rated second, "Weekend", a 2011 gay romance, hit the headlines this month when it was given the worst possible rating by an influential Catholic Church body.   Continued...

 
Australian actress Cate Blanchett, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Carol," throws a kiss as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson