While the films are usually the talk of the town at the Cannes Film Festival, it seems this year the rabble has turned to feet – or, more specifically, guests’ choice of footwear. It seems that at the premiere of Carol on Tuesday, a group of revellers were reportedly turned away at the velvet rope due to their choice of flats over heels – and a major controversy was afoot on the glamour-laden French Riviera.
According to Screen Daily, “a handful of women in their 50s were turned away” when they arrived for the screening wearing rhinestone flats instead of heels. Fans took to social media to express anger at the dress code, fuelled further when Senna director Asif Kapadia revealed that his wife had received similar treatment.
“Happened to my wife (eventually let in),” he wrote on Twitter in response to one journalist asking if the reports were true.
The festival’s director Thierry Fremaux also took to the social media site to dismiss claims that the dress code demanded women were heels, calling the rumours “unfounded”.
“Not at all. And the rumour that the festival demands women wear high heels on the steps is unfounded,” he wrote in French, responding to the speculation. “For the steps, the rules have not changed. ‘Tuxedos, evening wear’. No mention of heels.”
Meanwhile, at a press conference for her new film Sicario, actress Emily Bluntaddressed the conflict, describing it as “disappointing”.
“I think everyone should wear flats to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore,” she said. “That’s just my point of view,” she later added. “I prefer to wear Converse sneakers.”
Lightening the mood, Sicario director Denis Villeneuve joked that he and Emily’s co-stars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin would be wearing high heels at Tuesday night’s premiere of the film.