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Cate Blanchett: “I am very worried about democracy”


Was it to limit its carbon footprint? On January 11, the day of his coronation at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Cate Blanchett did not make the trip. She was in London, where she lives. And where we caught up with her the day after the ceremony to talk about her breathtaking performance in “Tár”, a tortuous portrait of a revered conductor, at the head of the Berlin Philharmonic, whose power wavers after the suicide of ‘an ex-protégé and under the battering of the ambient moraline.

“Tár”, like “Carol”, “Blue Jasmine” or “Elizabeth”, is named after her character. An actress-world, Cate Blanchett? Rather, a total actress, capable of playing everything, the elf Galadriel in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There” or “Les Bonnes”, by Jean Genet, on the boards, alongside by Isabelle Huppert. A woman-orchestra, too: producer, muse for brands, involved in numerous causes, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Agency for Refugees, mother of three sons and an adopted daughter. A great lady, whose self-control in interviews does not taint either her natural sagacity or elegance.

What first attracted you to “Tár”?

I knew I would say yes to Todd [Field, scénariste et réalisateur, NDLR] before he even sent me something to read. We met ten years ago around a screenplay he was writing with Joan Didion but the project fell through.

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