‘Flatgate’ controversy trips up Cannes

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cannes Shoe Flap Sparks Latest Gender Controversy in Hollywood.

The Cannes film festival became the latest backdrop for the fight against gender bias in the movie industry after some women were turned away from the red carpet for not wearing high heels. “That’s very disappointing,” actress Emily Blunt said at a festival press conference for her new film, the drug crime drama “Sicario.” “You kind of think there are these new waves of equality.” Blunt, 32, was responding to a report from the industry publication “Screen Daily” that a handful of women in their 50s were turned away from a screening on Sunday night because they weren’t wearing heels. America’s covert war against the Mexican drug cartels gets a bracing, brutal working over by the director Denis Villeneuve with the impressive thriller Sicario, in competition at Cannes. Asif Kapadia, director of the critically acclaimed “Amy” that premiered at the festival, said his wife was stopped for the same reason at his screening the day before and eventually let in.

The event is one of several that have happened on the French Riviera during the 68th annual festival that continue an important dialogue on what can be done to reverse the drought of female writers, directors and producers in Hollywood and film industries abroad. The event — held at a glamorous $50 million estate in the hills above Cannes — honored Rachel Weisz, Isabelle Huppert, Melanie Laurent, Emily Blunt and Sienna Miller, who were all decked out in glam Calvin Klein duds. They mingled with fellow invitees like Jake Gyllenhaal, Doutzen Kroes, Kat Graham, Lily Donaldson, Joan Smalls, Natalia Vodianova (the face of the CK’s Euphoria fragrance) and Harvey Weinstein. Hot girl group Haim also performed live on the lawn of the villa. “It’s very strong for us as a brand to be associated with such a good organization as IFP to help support women. By their nature, Hollywood awards shows and red-carpet screenings, staffed by media outlets from around the world, focus film and TV fans on the appearances of their favorite stars and, in the case of women, how they dress.

They have a fantastic tap on material and they write better roles for women, and therefore people see better roles for women and they see women in better roles for themselves. The Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the national ACLU Women’s Rights Project called last week for the U.S. government and California to investigate alleged bias against women in front and behind the camera. The groups are providing data to the agencies that they say reveal dramatic disparities in the hiring of women directors in TV and on big-budget films. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, founded by the Oscar winning actress, said last September that a study of 120 films distributed globally from 2010 to 2013 found that 23 percent featured female protagonists, while 31 percent of the speaking characters were women, and 8 percent had female directors.

This is a rich problem, and other countries have it worse where women can’t even wear what they want or where they are treated as if they don’t exist.” Isabelle Huppert: “I don’t have a solution. You just have to make sure more and more great films happen and through that, encourage the expression of women.” Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP: “Events like this help and so do giving grants, doing fellowships and encouraging every aspect of the industry. There are other criteria to consider, of course, but the more attention you call to the issue, the more people are going to change and give opportunities to women. “

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