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Interview: Cate Blanchett praises Cincinnati's architecture, law enforcement

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

‘Carol,’ the movie filmed in Cincinnati starring Cate Blanchett, is the subject of serious Oscar buzz ahead of its opening weekend.

Blanchett and co-star Rooney Mara wrapped up filming the romantic drama in March 2014. The entire film was shot at 60 different locations across the Tri-State.

In an interview released on YouTube Tuesday, Blanchett said shooting in Cincinnati was “phenomenal” and praised the downtown and Over-the-Rhine architecture.

Producers were initially attracted to the Cincy thanks to Ohio’s tax rebates for filmmakers, but the city’s architecture - the perfect stand in for 1950s New York - sealed the deal. 

“There’s so many beautiful buildings that haven’t been tszujed [sic] up or gentrified in the 70s or 80s where you’ve got to unpick all the stuff,” said Blanchett.

Mayor Cranley even presented Blanchett with keys to the city.

“The fire department, the police have been so cooperative. I don’t think we would have been able to do what we’ve done in New York, where the film is set,” she said of Cincinnati.

Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and is a love story about two women, one older and one younger.  It centers around a department store clerk, Mara, who falls in love with a married woman, Blanchett.

In an interview with The Guardian, Haynes not only praised Cincinnati’s architecture, but also the homegrown extras:

“Oh, the extras. These were Cincinnati folks, non-union extras. At first, I thought: uh-oh, aren’t they going to be really self-conscious? But it was the opposite of that. They looked like real people, they moved like themselves, they had a normal, messy human way that came through.”

The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission handled the casting calls. Since the movie wrapped, the film commission has worked with ‘Carol’ producers on two more Cincinnati-shot films.

Carol opens in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 20. The film will reportedly be screened in Cincinnati beginning in in mid-December.

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