Jessica Derschowitz
August 17, 2015 AT 02:34 PM EDT

Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set drama Carol has been set as the gala screening at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, organizers announced Monday.

The director and stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, will be in attendance for the festival’s American Express Gala, which also serves as the film’s U.K. premiere.

Carol, based on the 1952 novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, follows the relationship between a young department store clern (Mara) and an older, married woman (Blanchett).

London Film Festival director Clare Stewart called the film “a deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story” and “cinema at its most intoxicating and immaculate.”

The festival runs Oct. 7-Oct. 15, and its full lineup will be announced on Sept. 1. Carol opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20 and in the U.K. on Nov. 27..

You can watch a teaser trailer for the film below. 


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