Cannes Steps Into Trouble With High-Heels Dress Code

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Besides sexist, Cannes Film Festival is unfashionable too.

Cannes Film Festival may be known for its style, but this year it’s taken a step further than usual – by banning FLAT SHOES on the red carpet, it’s been reported.Many are criticising the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were refused entry to Sunday’s premiere of Todd Haynes’ lesbian romance Carol for wearing flats. “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest, at the best of times” said Blunt, who was there to premiere the Mexican drug war thriller Sicario. “You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality.” Director Denis Villeneuve joked that he and his male stars, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, would wear heels to the evening premiere of Sicario in protest. The strict dress code which means movie stars are always immaculately turned out was stepped up for the screening of Carol, a pro-LGBT romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and resulted in many being turned away for donning unacceptable footwear. Mad Max: Fury Road has powered onto the screens with a badass Charlize Theron in a fiery feminist spectacle to rapturous audiences, and the Queer Palm Award for LGBT films at Cannes is six-years-old now.

The third English-language film from the 47-year-old director follows a female FBI agent (Emily Blunt) over three days, as she gets involved in a black ops mission with two mystery men (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) to track down a Mexican cartel leader. The publication says that “multiple guests” some with medical conditions were turned away and denied access to the screen of Todd Haynes’ competition entry Carol, a film about lesbian lovers, praised for its female-led cast and female producers. Senna director Asif Kapadia, whose Amy Winehouse documentary Amy was screened during the festival, tweeted that his wife had received similar treatment, but was eventually let in. A number of women were turned way from the premier for wearing “rhinestone flats” according to Screen Daily – even though some of them were reported to have medical conditions.

-Mexican border, and the film’s moral ambiguity immediately suggested comparisons to such female-centric dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Zero Dark Thirty. The dust-up is particularly awkward for Cannes because this year’s festival has been marked by considerable discussion about gender equality in the movie industry. The festival has also imposed a strict ban on red carpet ‘selfies’ this year following the trend taking over every major public event from the World Cup to the Oscars.

Another festival regular was allegedly turned away after arguing with four guards for 10 minutes, going so far as to explain she had ankle issues and could not wear heels. “It’s been ridiculous this year,” she told BBC’s Newsbeat. “Cannes needs to catch up with the times. In the same weeks that sees the first woman in 28 years opening the festival, Emmanuelle Bercot, women are having their bodies policed because they don’t want to spend their nights in something they’re not comfortable wearing. At the press conference following the Sicario morning screening (where the media can dress any way they want) Blunt described the episode as “very disappointing” at a time when there are “new waves of quality” in women’s movies. Villeneuve, the Oscar-nominated director of Incendies who made his English debut in 2013 with Prisoners, said that other producers had been wary of Sicario’s script and wanted screenwriter Taylor Sheridan to change the lead character to a man but he had embraced the script as it was. I respect the rule and the location but at the same time I was in formal dress.” To be sure, at an historic and prestigious event such as Cannes, dress code is certainly meant to uphold tradition.

Conflating standards of dress with what is essentially ableism is horrific, and only serves to illustrate the event as one for a very specific type of Cannes-goer. While a certain level of taste should be respected, to police a woman’s sartorial tastes and shame style decisions made based on medical reasons is ridiculous and misogynistic. Men are neatly boxed into the category of ‘suit and shoes’ as the sideshows, whereas women find themselves- wanted or not – centre stage, under intense scrutiny for whatever dress/bag/shoes/hairpiece combo they’ve dared to turn up in. I thought I was doomed [to make it] because when you fall in love, you have no choice.” Sicario is Villeneuve’s second film after Prisoners with legendary English cinematographer and 12-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins (best known for his work with the Coen brothers). We’ve seen this from New York designers like Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, all designers who’ve showcased their outfits with flats, flatforms, and sandals.

Women should be able to wear what they want, if it’s a pair of fish tanks attached to the balls of their feet or not, who should really care but your Achilles tendon after a long night of photo ops and press calls? I did it without any compromise and total freedom and the fact that that has been recognized on the other side of the ocean is quite unique.” Blunt, the 32-year-old English actress who first came to public attention opposite Meryl Streep in 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada, has now worked with two Quebec directors who have graduated to the top of the Hollywood food chain.

Women are a force to be reckoned with within film, but as Salma Hayek says, Hollywood doesn’t ‘see [women] as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance’. But maybe there are, and Cannes is just willing to ignorantly skim over them the same way those rhinestone flats skim over laughable and oppressive standards of appearance. I say the same thing to Jean-Marc.” Brolin, who plays Matt, a nonchalant military “consultant” who keeps information close to his vest, says he initially turned down the role. He had been working on back-to-back films and wanted a break but came on board when both Blunt and cinematographer Deakins urged him to reconsider and made him feel “appropriately stupid” for his initial short-sightedness.

Villeneuve has been telling people that it’s his best film. “I say that, not just because of the film itself but because of where I want to go and what I want to do as a director, which is to bring people together and try to bring the best out of them.”

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