Cannes Film Festival Crosses the Line With Shoe Policy

At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, it seems that some attendants literally have one foot out the door.

Women wearing flat shoes, instead of high heels, are reportedly being turned away from screenings. Festival director Thierry Fremaux denied that there was a high heel policy in response to questions regarding the festival’s dress policy.  

Female guests were reportedly denied entry to screenings of "Carol," despite having medical conditions that did not permit them to wear heels, Screen Daily reports. Another “flatgate” scenario happened when "Amy" director Asif Kapadia’s wife was initially turned away from a screening for wearing flats, but was eventually let in, reports Time.

Festival-goers aren’t the only ones confused by this mandatory dress policy.

In a press conference, actress Emily Blunt said that all women should wear flats, adding that a heels-only dress code for women would be “very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.” Actors Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin joked that they’d wear high-heels in protest of Cannes Film Festival’s “flatgate.” 

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