Director: Luis Brunel
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
Original Novel: Joseph Kessel
Catherine Deneuve stars in one of her most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure, as well as a gently absurdist take on social morality and class divisions.
Director: Spike Jonze
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
Original Novel: Susan Orlean
Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean’s best-selling book “The Orchid Thief,” he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. A hilarious drama and a moving comedy.
Director: Todd Haynes
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Original Novel: Patricia Highsmith
In 1950s New York, a young woman in her 20s – Therese – a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life meets Carol – an alluring woman trapped in a loveless – convenient marriage. An immediate connection sparks between them and the two women, from very different backgrounds, find themselves in an unexpected love affair. Soon the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.
Carol’s executive producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley will be joined by Andrew Wilson for a discussion about Patricia Highsmith and her work and their adaptations.
Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, directed by Gil Junger. Starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.
This teen-comedy re-working of The Taming of the Shrew could well have fallen flat. Instead, it’s sharp, pacy and a chance for young talents Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to display their promise. Kat deplores ‘the idiocy of teenage social life’ but all the while she’s playing in a witty demonstration of the opposite.