Villeneuve’s Sicario steps up amid Cannes high-heel controversy

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CANNES WATCH: Aishwarya Rai stuns, DiCaprio spends big.

The height of women’s heels became a Cannes scandale yesterday as Emily Blunt spoke of her astonishment that female guests had been turned away from a red-carpet premiere for wearing flat shoes.CANNES, France (AP) — The wait was worth it: Aishwarya Rai’s return to Cannes with her first film in five years got a boost when the beauty made a splashy appearance in a ruby red number and smoky eyes.

The British actor, speaking at the film festival before the gala premiere of her latest film Sicario, looked disgusted as she was informed that several women in their 50s had been ordered to leave the red carpet during the premiere of Carol on Sunday because they were not wearing high heels. It was one of the highlights of Day Seven at the Cannes Film Festival, in which Leonardo DiCaprio spent as much as a car on a bag; Isabella Rossellini talked about the legacy of her mother, Ingrid Bergman; Denis Villeneuve unveiled his new movie about drugs … and a weird moment when Michael Jackson’s father showed up: Bollywood star and l’Oreal ambassador Aishwarya Rai may well have caused boats to crash as she posed for cameras on the Cannes dock at the photo call for her film “Jazbaa” on Tuesday. The 41-year old beauty wore a bordeaux-colored Oscar de la Renta organza and silk taffeta gown with layered lattices that gave a classic gown a fashion-forward twist. So this year’s festival slate of films was greeted with consternation in some corners when a commonality was noticed across many of the festival’s in-competition selections: the English language.

On a continent that has warily watched English become a kind of de facto common language, fears flared that contemporary European cinema was being lost in translation. There is a real reverence for cinema here and appreciation and it is a nice feeling.” “It was really a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing to do,” she continued. “And to do it in French!

That’s very disappointing.” The heels incident, reported in the film industry magazine Screen, is especially awkward in a year when Cannes was seeking to address sexism in cinema. Four other notable names in international film — Norway’s Joachim Trier, Italy’s Matteo Garrone, Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos and Mexico’s Michel Franco — are all making their English language debuts. This year’s festival opened with a female-directed film for the first time since 1987 and organisers have endorsed a series of “Women in Motion” talks given by stars such as Salma Hayek and Isabella Rossellini. And Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villenueve, an Oscar-nominee for his French language “Incendies,” premiered his English language drug war thriller “Sicario” on Tuesday. I don’t speak French, so it was a big deal to me.” “Bruce Wagner, who wrote Maps to the Stars, accepted the award on my behalf last year,” she explained. “And he came home with it in his carry-on bag and came to my house with it.

Like their 2013 kidnapping drama “Prisoners,” it’s heavy with allusion to the morality of employing violent military tactics for the sake of American safety. Thierry Fremaux, the festival director, denied that heels were part of the official dress code and a spokeswoman said that ushers had been “reminded” of this, suggesting that women with flat shoes would now be welcomed. Del Toro, though, said the drug trafficking drama of “Sicario,” which Lionsgate will release in the U.S. on Sept. 18, is familiar territory for him.

The actress’s youthful eyes stare out from the giant poster billboards speckled about town, special film screenings celebrate her classic movies, and her daughter, actress Isabella Rossellini, is at the festival as jury president of the Un Certain Regard competition. Asif Kapadia, whose Amy Winehouse documentary received its premiere at Cannes this year, wrote on Twitter that his wife had been stopped but was “eventually let in”.

His Cannes entry “The Lobster,” starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, certainly showed no loss of idiosyncrasy in its satirical tale of divorcees and single people who face being turned into an animal if they don’t find a spouse. “I don’t know what the fuss is about,” Lanthimos said. “It’s been always happening in this time and age, people live anywhere in the world, work anywhere in the world. The film uses artifacts Bergman had handed down to her daughter just before she died of cancer in 1982. “When my mother died, she was very orderly, Swedish. He also condemned the idea that women should be required to wear heels on formal occasions and joked that he would take a stand at his film’s premiere. “I must say, that thing that happened, in a sign of protest, Benicio and I will walk on stage in high heels.” The incident took place outside the Grand Theatre Lumiere where Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara arrived to present Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s lesbian love story The Price of Salt. Wendy Constance, a children’s author who attended Cannes in the 1970s, tweeted that the festival had never been a beacon of equality when it came to clothes. “Back in 1971 when I started work I asked for [the] rule about women not wearing trousers to be changed. The actor plunked down 10,000 euros ($13,620) for a blue Chanel Neoprene flap bag embroidered with flowers on the Croisette at Cannes on Monday night.

So I didn’t feel this was traumatic in any way when I moved from Italian to English.” Such a transition, of course, has been going on for as long as movies have been made, from F.W. But it was all for charity, part of an auction at the Heart Fund Gala, also attended by Paris Hilton, actor Gary Dourdan and featuring a performance by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def).

Murnau to Roman Polanski to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. “If you want to go to the American market maybe you need to have a film in English, but I still think all the great directors make films in their own languages,” said festival director Thierry Fremaux, who said English functions like “the new Esperanto.” “I’m not sure if it’s a trend. Last year, with the support of Nikki Beach owners Jack and Lucia Penrod, the organization purchased a bus to act as a mobile hospital to screen and treat children; it was unveiled at this year’s gala. Joachim von Trier’s “Louder Than Bombs” is a suburban New York drama about a family dealing with a mother’s death, starring Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabelle Huppert. This year’s goal is a plane outfitted with medical equipment to perform surgeries, and it was achieved as one benefactor donated 5 million euros ($6.8 million). He was swarmed by them and he relished the attention, lingering on the carpet for quite some time as he and his guests posed; at least one took selfies, which has been frowned upon by Cannes organizers.

The celebrity charity car rally “Cash & Rocket” roared into Cannes Tuesday, with its band of stars that this year included actress Michelle Rodriguez, model Jodie Kidd and singer Natalie Imbruglia. Seventy women are selected each year from the worlds of fashion, film, music and art to travel 1,000 miles across European cities in a glamorous convoy of 35 red cars. This year, it’s to raise money for charities Oafrica, Sumbandila and Shine on Sierra Leone — which give aid to poor women and children in the developing world.

The Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund will pay for three aspiring filmmakers to study directing at the University of California at Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film and Television.

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