HAS CANNES FALLEN FLAT?
1st June 2015
The Cannes film festival is notoriously one of the events of the year to attend. The one that makes or breaks new movies, the one that brings out all of the crème de la crème of superstar talent, the one that simply oozes glamour, showcasing beautiful gowns from Dior, Prada and Versace and the one that this year has caused the most controversy thanks to a footwear rule that many have labelled ‘sexist at best.’
“No flats” was reiterated at each event, with many women turned away for flaunting the rules by foregoing their heels, sending Twitter into overdrive as both men and women expressed their utter disgust and rightly so. Whilst a modicum of Hollywood glam is expected and eagerly anticipated, the rule did it’s best to undermine the work of every feminist since the 19th Century, and also to over shadow some of the amazing films showcased at this year event.
French filmmaker Jacques Audiard took home the Palme d’Or for “Dheepan,” a crime drama about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France, whilst “Carol” the long awaited Tom Haynes production starring Cate Blanchett received rave reviews. Mad Max and Inside Out too where hailed as the winners by critics.
Whilst we hail Cannes Film Festival for keeping the classic Hollywood dream alive, perhaps next year the organisers might remember its purpose. They might also do well to remember that those women attending are among some of the most beautiful in the world and quite frankly would still make us swoon if they arrived wearing bin bags.