Cannes ‘turned away amputee in flat shoes’

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes 2015 criticised for forcing women to wear heels.

CANNES, France : The Cannes Film Festival is coming under scrutiny for its strict dress code after women not wearing high heels were turned away from a premiere.

Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were refused entry to Sunday’s premiere of Todd Haynes’ ’50s 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 dress code isn’t explicitly spelled out by the festival but is enforced by security guards or “hosts.” This is not the first time that women in flat shoes have been told they cannot attend the festival’s glitzy premieres.

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. This year the smiling face of Ingrid Bergman radiates all over Cannes with the festival marking the centenary of the Swedish actress’ birth by using her image as the festival’s official poster.

But now in its 68th year, only one woman director has won the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or for best picture: New Zealand-born Jane Campion in 1993 for The Piano.

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