Emily Blunt on high heels at Cannes

21 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes 2015 criticised for forcing women to wear heels.

Director Denis Villeneuve and actors Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro had vowed at a press conference yesterday to ditch their dress shoes after the film festival sparked outrage for allegedly turning women away from screenings for not wearing appropriate footwear. “I tried to find high heels but sadly, I can’t walk in them,” Del Toro said on the red carpet, before the Mexican drug-cartel thriller debuted to mixed reviews. 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. Co-star Emily Blunt has been openly critical of the heels rule, saying that “everyone should wear flats” and she “prefers wearing Converse sneakers”. “It’s very disappointing. 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.

You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality and waves of people realising that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch, and bankable,” she said at the presser, while wearing mustard stilettoes. 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. Asif Kapadia, director of the Amy Winehouse documentary, also tweeted to confirm that his wife had been turned away by security for wearing flat shoes but was “eventually let 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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