Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Seeks to Clarify Red-Carpet Code after Backlash

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes Seeks to Clarify Red-Carpet Code after Backlash

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The media storm that engulfed the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday following Screen's report of women being turned away from the Palais for wearing flats, has prompted attempts by festival top brass to clarify their dress code.

While a number of guests - including industry - have subsequently voiced similar complaints to those published by Screen, the festival press office issued the following statement:

"Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years (Tuxedo, formal dress for Gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women's heels as well as for men's. Thus, in order to make sure that this rule is respected, the festival's hosts and hostesses were reminded of it."

The festival has also subsequently told Screen that the department we were directed to on Monday for explanation of red carpet regulations might not have been aware of the "right information" when they told us that heels were "obligatory" for women.

Festival head Thierry Fremaux took to Twitter to contest the Screen headline 'Palais entry spiked for women in flats' and also tweeted that "rumours" of a ban on heels were "unfounded".

However, Sicario star Emily Blunt was among those to voice her disappointment at the reports yesterday, telling a news conference: "Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. …

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