Cannes ‘turned away amputee in flat shoes’

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes 2015 criticised for forcing women to wear heels.

The Cannes Film Festival is facing an angry backlash after it was accused of turning away women from a red-carpet screening for not wearing high heels. A number of women in their 50s, some reportedly with medical conditions, were denied access to the showing of Todd Haynes’ entry Carol on Sunday night, according to Screen magazine. It claimed the women were wearing rhinestone flats at the time – and said that the subject matter of the film itself – a lesbian romance starring Cate Blanchett about fighting against societal norms – added to the outrage of those turned away. 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.

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. Australian film writer Stephanie Bunbury decided to give away her invitation to a gala opening five years ago after attendants barred her from attending a premiere in flat gold sandals. “There is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s,” Aime said of Cannes’ dress code. “Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the festival’s hosts and hostesses were reminded of it.” Asif Kapadia, the director of the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, added on Twitter that his wife was also initially refused entry to his film’s Cannes premiere Saturday because she wasn’t wearing heels, but she was eventually allowed in. 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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