American director Todd Field puts the devastating #MeToo scandal at the center of his new film, “TÁR”, but characterizing it as social commentary or a piece of political propaganda would do the film a disservice. play, its star Cate Blanchett said Thursday.
The actress plays a tough, gifted, gay German conductor whose seemingly unstoppable career is hit by the whirlwind of an abuse scandal that is never fully explained.
The film, which premieres at the Venice Festival, delves into the world of classical music and the complexities of orchestral life. It highlights a mixture of sex, power and exploitation, but Blanchett denied that this is the core of the story.
“Even though there are a lot of hot topics that come up in this movie, it’s not about any of those things. It’s plot gimmicks,” said the Australian actress.
“There’s a lot of explosive stuff in the movie. Without wanting to sound too pretentious, it’s much more existential to me,” he said, adding, “I’m not interested in ‘agitprop’.”
He also denied that the film had anything important to say about LGBT representation. “I found it urgent and undeniable, but strangely I didn’t think about the character’s gender or his sexuality at all.”
Much of the film focuses on three weeks in the life of Lydia Tar, as she goes from being a classical music megastar to fighting for her professional survival.
“There’s an element of horror (to the story)… It’s a very long journey in a very short period of time for her,” said Field, presenting her first film in 16 years after “Little Children” in 2006, which received three Oscar nominations.
In addition to directing, Field wrote the script and said that he wrote the lead role specifically for Blanchett, who was involved with the project from the beginning.
The film also stars Nina Hoss, Noemie Merlant, Mark Strong and renowned cellist Sophie Kauer, who said she had prepared for her first acting role by watching online video classes from British actor Michael Caine.