(by Francesco Gallo) ROME, JAN 31 – The race for Todd Field’s TAR started from Venice and passed through the Golden Globes, which at the Oscars on March 12 will be one of the protagonist films given the six nominations obtained including best film, best director, best leading actress Cate Blanchett who at the Venice Film Festival won the Coppa Volpi for best female performance and then best actress at the Golden Awards. Now the film hits theaters on February 9th. At the center is the story of Lydia Tar (Cate Blanchett), a great homosexual conductor from Berlin who at one point finds herself in the crosshairs of a #MeToo scandal. “I’ve never considered the LGBT aspect of the film, of course my Lydia likes women – Blanchett said – but I firmly believe that gender homogeneity in the art world is not important, in fact I believe it is the death of it. What people do after their work doesn’t matter. In short, I never thought about gender, about Lydia’s sexuality. This movie is a very human portrait of a person with all of her weaknesses”. In the film, the conductor, now close to 50, has her first violin as her companion, with whom she lives together with an adopted daughter. In the process of conducting the Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler (the whole thing was filmed during two performances by the Dresden Philharmonic in September 2021 at the Kuturpalast), Lydia is accused of having favored the entry of a cellist into the orchestra: an element to which a series of compromising videos are added put online by a boy and, finally, a shower of complaints of other alleged harassment. “Lydia, the protagonist, seems to be asking all the big questions that divide public opinion today. Such as the dilemma of passing time. She is about to turn fifty – underlines she-she, a really delicate moment because you know everything you’ve already done and you wonder how much time you still have ahead of you and what use to make of it. You are, in short, at the peak of your life, of your career and now you can only get off the mountain. The climb to success is much easier than the descent to failure. The film also deals with this topic”. (HANDLE).
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