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.
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Emily Blumt walking the red carpet at 68th Cannes International Film Festival (AP Photo/Lionel)Cironneau[/caption]
Many are criticizing the festival after Screen International reported that several middle-aged women were refused entry to the Sunday premiere of Todd Haynes' '50s lesbian romance "Carol" for wearing flats.
On Tuesday (19 MAY 2015), actress Emily Blunt called the report "very disappointing, obviously."
"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 red carpet at Cannes is highly regulated by tradition.
Men must wear tuxedos with bow ties and black shoes, and women are expected to wear dresses with heels. The dress code isn't explicitly spelled out by the festival but is enforced by security guards or "hosts."
Festival spokeswoman Christine Aime suggested that festival staff had made a mistake
"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."
The dust-up is particularly awkward for Cannes because this year's festival has marked by considerable discussion about gender equality in the movie industry.
The "Sicario" press conference was also notable for a moment where a journalist confused Puerto Rican actor del Toro with Spanish actor Javier Bardem and a wonderful moment where Brolin admitted that director Villeneuve has a very particular way of working.
"'I don't know, I don't know. I feel very uncertain about this scene and I don't know. What do you think?" said Brolin, impersonating his French-Canadian director.
"And I think when I saw the movie I go 'this f**ker knows exactly what he wants. While you're doing it you're like 'god, I came up with this great idea.' Like 'thank god he has me on the set.' And then I saw the movie and I said 'this has nothing to do with me and no I won't go to Cannes.' Like see how he's petting me? like I just figured him out and he goes 'it's OK little actor, go home now.'"
"Sicario" is one of 19 films competing for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, which will be awarded on Sunday.