Could This Be An Oscar Winner? The New Music Narrative Starring Cate Blanchett

By Rufus Punt | 16th August 2022

Legendary actress Cate Blanchett is set to appear in a role this year that we think could see her nominated for an Oscar. The Aussie star will play the title role in Tár, an upcoming film about a fictional female composer named Lydia Tar.

The new film is directed by Todd Field, who previously directed the films In The Bedroom and Little Children, and will explore the world of composers and classical music. It’ll release in the US in time for awards season, though it’s not set to arrive in the UK until January.

Though Lydia Tár isn’t a real person (you can watch the upcoming Maestro starring Bradley Cooper for that), the film is still set to offer an intriguing look at the contemporary world of composers and classical music, how they work and the troubles women face in the art. The fictional Tár achieves global fame after becoming the first female chief conductor of a major German orchestra. You can expect Blanchett to put her all into the role, and she may yet follow up her Oscar wins for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine with another gold statuette.

Tar, Cate Blanchett
Tar, Cate Blanchett

The film has only received a teaser trailer so far, and it’s an intriguing and mysterious one. It starts off with Cate Blanchett’s character in front of a black background breathing smoke out of her mouth while cryptic narration is heard in the background, before cutting to Tár passionately conducting her orchestra in the last few seconds. It gives away almost nothing about the plot, and yet pulls you in and makes you want to know more.

Director Todd Field’s previous films, In The Bedroom which starred Tom Wilkinson and Marisa Tomei, and Little Children starring Kate Winslet, have been relatively obscure since their releases, though both received nominations in various categories of Academy Awards. Little Children was released in 2006, making this Field’s first film in 16 years. Also joining Blanchett in the cast are actors Mark Strong, Nina Hoss, Noémie Merlant, Allan Corduner and Julian Glover.

You can watch the mysterious teaser trailer above, and catch Blanchett as Tár when the film debuts in January.


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