Cannes: Festival Stumbles Over ‘Flatgate’ Controversy

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Cannes Film Festival rejects women from red-carpet screening of pro-LGBT romance ‘Carol’ for not wearing high heels.

The red carpet at the Cannes film festival is an elysium of old-fashioned glitz and glamour, but the festival faced controversy on Tuesday after it emerged that it takes the odd bout of tyrannical fashion policing to keep it that way. NEW DELHI: Actress-singer Sarah Jane Dias is charged up for her outing at the ongoing 68th Cannes International Film Festival with the team of her upcoming film “Zubaan”. 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.

Several women weren’t allowed to the screening of Carol – a lesbian romance that had been praised for its female-led cast and female producers – because of their choice of footwear. The Barbarella star, 77, was honored for her impressive contribution to women’s causes over the years, and during her acceptance speech, the actress called for more representation of females in the film industry, noting the medium serves as a huge influence to girls and women all over the world. One was reportedly turned away for wearing ankle boots and tights and another was actually physically pushed off the carpet for wearing sandal platforms that security seemingly took a dislike to. The festival declined to comment on the matter but, Screen reported, did confirm that it was obligatory for all women to wear high heels to red-carpet showings.

THR sources spied one who got through in patent leather loafers and red heart socks, while – even more daringly – another passed by security in bright red Dansko clogs very much on display. It’s critical that women are at the heart of the international film industry, not just as glamorous icons but as creators, as artists, as decision makers, ensuring that the narrative – of not just half but 51 per cent of the world’s population – is fully represented. “We women, we see things differently, we experience things differently, we express things differently, we just do. And if our stories, our truths are not respected on that big silver screen then the women in those dark theaters are going to risk feeling that they are not seen and that they don’t really matter that much. One journalist turned up to the opening night screening of La Tete Haute wearing glitter tuxedo loafers, but was stopped by security at the orchestra entrance.

And the half of the world that is male will be robbed of half of reality.” In addition to Fonda, movie legend Olivia de Havilland, who did not attend the ceremony, and producer Megan Ellison were also recipients at the prizegiving. There is a real reverence for cinema here and appreciation and it is a nice feeling.” “It was really a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing to do,” she continued. “And to do it in French! The notably private Ellison made a rare speech at the event, as she was recognized as one of the most daring and cutting edge filmmakers in the business, producing movies such as Zero Dark Thirty, Her, Foxcatcher and American Hustle. I don’t speak French, so it was a big deal to me.” “Bruce Wagner, who wrote Maps to the Stars, accepted the award on my behalf last year,” she explained. “And he came home with it in his carry-on bag and came to my house with it. On another night, Chinese actor Sun Zu Yang was photographed with Paris Hilton wearing loud disco-ball inspired silver sequined tuxedo jacket and matching shoes.

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. Despite such assurances, security might be on alert for shoe-based irregularities at Wednesday night’s red-carpet screening after Sicario director Denis Villeneuve said he was planning to stage his own protest over “flatgate.” Based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (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 women. 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.

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