New ‘Carmen’ Adaptation to World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced that Benjamin Millepied’s “Carmen” will make its world premiere in the Platform section.

The new film, which stars Melissa Barrera and Paul Mescal, is a modern-day reimagining of the classical opera written by Bizet.

“Carmen” features music by Academy Award nominee Nicholas Britell and marks the directorial debut for Millepied who is best known for his work at the New York City Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. He also worked on the Academy Award-winning film “Black Swan.”

Sony Pictures Classics is set to release the film which also stars Elsa Pataky, Rossy de Palma, Nicole da Silva, Tara Morice, Kaan Guldur, and Richard Brancatisano.

This is the latest adaptation of “Carmen” following Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones,” Carlos Saura’s “Carmen,” Francesco Rosi’s “Carmen,” and “Carmen: A Hip Hopera,” among others.