Acclaimed Australian actress Cate Blanchett says the themes of her new drama “TÁR” brought the cast and crew together, making the shoot “the most exhilarating” she had ever been on.
Blanchett plays Lydia Tár, a world-renowned gay bandleader whose high-flying career comes crashing down in an abuse scandal.
Blanchett credited the film’s writer-director Todd Field for bringing out the best in his cast with ideas and often without scripts.
“People talk about improvising, but I felt like we were on edge every day saying, ‘This may not work, let’s try it,’ which was really exciting,” he told Reuters.
Field, who returns to filmmaking after 16 years, began writing the script in March 2020, when the world around him began to shut down due to COVID-19, and finished it in record time, with the role of Tár written. specifically for Blanchett.
“Some of the questions that the movie tries to ask have been questions that I’ve been asking myself for several years and trying to find the language to answer them, which I felt like I was failing miserably at,” Field said. “And I felt like I had a hard time finding that language in other people.”
The film delves into the world of classical music and the complexities of orchestral life.
Field has cast 21-year-old British-German cellist Sophie Kauer to play young Russian musician Olga, who catches Tár’s eye when she auditions for a place in the orchestra and whose appointment upsets the balance of power. of the group.
“The ISM, or the Incorporated Society of Musicians, just released a study saying that bullying, racism and sexual harassment in the classical music industry are at their worst,” Kauer said.
“So I think the release of this film is very timely as it brings to light a lot of the issues that our industry is facing and a lot of others as well,” he added.
Blanchett’s performance has sparked the first Oscar buzz after she won best actress at this year’s Venice Film Festival, where “TÁR” had its world premiere.
The 53-year-old actress has previously won two acting Oscars for her performances in “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.”
“TÁR” opens in theaters in the United States on Friday and begins its worldwide run in January.