Cannes 2015: Nick Cave’s man gives Arab women in movies a voice

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The star-studded Calvin Klein Women in Film soiree could not have come at a more appropriate moment — at a Cannes Film Festival where the death of women directors has been a major theme.A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at the world-famous University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the United States is being offered to three Arab women from across the globe – including Australia.

The gilded guest list of top actresses used the glamorous event on the grounds of a private mansion to speak out about equality — and perhaps show off their designer clothes. “You’ll have a hit movie that women are at the forefront of and people are like ‘Oh, it’s all changing.’ And then I feel like it resorts back to what it was before … Michael Jackson’s father, wearing a maroon jacket and a fedora, showed up to the premiere of Sicario starring Emily Blunt with a large entourage, and may have gotten the biggest response from photographers.

A group of women in their 50s were turned away from the gala screening of Todd Haynes’s Carol for allegedly not wearing high-heeled shoes, according to industry newspaper Screen Daily. But I do feel that things are changing,” said Blunt, who stars in Sicario, one of the 19 films competing this year for Cannes’ top prize. “We make up 51 per cent of planet Earth and we’re just very disproportionately represented, in terms of directors and writers — the people in charge of the storytelling. He was swarmed by them and he relished the attention, lingering on the carpet for quite some time as he and his guests posed; at least one took selfies, which has been frowned upon by Cannes organisers. The festival is facing a backlash from film fans protesting against what many perceive as a sexist dress-code policy, even though Cannes’s director, Thierry Frémaux, has denied that high heels are obligatory. “The rumour saying the festival insists on high heels for women on the red carpet is unfounded,” he said in response to critics on Twitter. I don’t watch enough films and I think I’ll be watching a lot more, because I’m absolutely loving it, seeing that much cinema,” said Miller, who shimmered in a pearl silky gown with sporty straps.

Prior to backing the Nick Cave film, he supported London’s Donmar Warehouse Theatre – where Sam Mendes famously directed a nude Nicole Kidman, in the stage play The Blue Room. “I want it to be as open as possible,” he told Fairfax Media, of the initiative. “I want to discuss importance issues we have. Also at the event was Miller’s fellow Cannes jury member, actor Jake Gyllenhaal, French actress Isabelle Huppert, as well as models Natalia Vodianova and Doutzen Kroes. The first intake at UCLA begins later this year. “We’re going to be helping them with internships, with training, with scripts,” Farsi added. “We’re going to be guiding them, because it’s a difficult business to break into.

My goal is that we have a diversity of films coming out – from populist, popcorn movies to highbrow films – and help to create change.” The initiative is being supported by several Arab female filmmakers who have emerged on to the world stage in recent years. Notably, Haifaa Al-Mansour (who studied in Sydney, prior to shooting Wadjda in secret, in her native Saudi Arabia), Egypt’s Jehane Noujaim (whose documentary The Square was the first Egyptian film to be Oscar-nominated), Lebanon’s Nadine Labai (Where Do We Go Now) and Jordanian-American Cherien Dabis (May in the Summer). Months after the Dancing Man became a viral sensation after he was fat-shamed for busting some moves in public, the internet hero is apparently finally getting his Hollywood party – and Moby is DJing. Richter said: “We put on the dress and make an effort to be formal and festive, but to demand heels is not right.” Cannes’s red-carpet screenings are by invitation only. With many more celebrities and activists lending their support to the party, to be held at nightclub Avalon Hollywood, the positive messages behind the event will be looming large over the weekend and beyond.

Published guidelines are hard to come by, but it is generally understood that men must wear black tie with black shoes and women must be elegantly dressed with smart footwear. Ironically, Carol, the film to which the flat-wearing guests were allegedly denied entry, is perhaps the film in competition at Cannes with the strongest feminist message.

Pharrell will be making a presentation on the night and the event, expected to be attended by 1300 revellers, will be hosted by The Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Tatyana Ali. Based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (herself an avid fan of loafers), it tells the story of a young shop assistant, played by Rooney Mara, who embarks on an affair with a married older woman. Outside the Palais, 20-year-old Tami was one of many film fans hopeful of being given a spare ticket to the Tuesday-night premiere by a charitable delegate. Just after the story started going viral in March, Moby tweeted his support, offering to DJ for free and saying, “No one should ever be ashamed about dancing”. She was carrying her high heels in a plastic bag. “It says on your ticket that you have to be smartly dressed,” she said. “For women that means high heels.

A Gofundme site has raised more than $US40,000 for the party and for an anti-bullying campaign, with non-profit organisations in both the US and Britain involves. The Dance Free Movement website says technology has allowed “cyber-attacks to make bullying anonymous and instant – without any consideration of consequence or acceptance of responsibility”. It added: “The immediate call to action is bringing awareness to the severity of bullying and body shaming and to address the impact it is having on our culture.” Leigh added: “We are hoping that this event will help make ‘being nice’ cool again. We are all quite through with the tabloid era and are hoping to use parties and social media content to spread positivity for bullying prevention and body postivity.”

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