HEEL, LADIES! NO, WE WON’T!

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

t has been a week al­ready at the 71st Cannes Film Fes­ti­val (on till May 19), and still the con­tro­ver­sies don’t stop hog­ging the lime­light.

The sev­enth day saw the oft-dis­cussed Cannes is­sue, one that has plagued the film fest for years — should women be al­lowed to wear flats on the red car­pet or not? Lead­ing the move­ment this year was jury mem­ber Kris­ten Ste­wart, who ar­rived at the red car­pet in heels and a short sil­ver dress, but then took the shoes off, and nim­bly climbed up the stairs bare­foot, on her way to the pre­miere of BlacKk Klans­man.

The Twi­light ac­tor has been vo­cal about the Cannes rule. “It’s just like you sim­ply can­not ask me to do some­thing that you are not ask­ing him. I get the black-tie thing (at Cannes, boys/men are not al­lowed to at­tend a pre­miere if they don’t wear a black tie) but you should be able to do ei­ther ver­sion — flats or heels,” she had told Van­ity Fair in 2016.

Film­maker Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlans­man, which is com­pet­ing for the Palm d’Or, re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion. The film, star­ring John David Wash­ing­ton and Adam Driver, is based on a true story about a po­lice of­fi­cer in­fil­trat­ing Amer­ica’s white su­prem­a­cist group Klu Klux Klan.

An­other film that got a thumbs up was the Ice­landic film, Women at War, di­rected by Benedikt Er­lings­son.

Also seen at Cannes af­ter a long time was ac­tor John Tra­volta, whose mob drama, Gotti, di­rected by Kevin Con­nolly (aka ‘e’ from the show En­tourage) will be screened to­day. Tra­volta’s first visit to the fes­ti­val was at the time of Grease (1978), and 16 years later, for Pulp Fic­tion (1994), which won the Palm D’Or.

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L­R: Rasika Du­gal, Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, Nan­dita Das, and Tahir Raj Bhasin dur­ing a pho­to­call for the film Manto

PHOTO: AP/PTI

L­R: Da­maris Lewis, Jasper Paakko­nen, John David Wash­ing­ton, Laura Har­rier, To­pher Grace, Spike Lee, Adam Driver, and Corey Hawkins at the pre­miere of the film BlacKkKlans­man

PHOTO: TWIT­TER/DHANUSHKRAJA

L­R: Ken Scott, Abel Jafri, and Dhanush

PHOTO: HARRY EELMAN/THE NEW YORK TIMES

PHOTO: ERIC GAIL­LARD /REUTERS

L­R: Kevin Con­nolly, John Tra­volta, and Kelly Pre­ston .

PHO­TOS: ERIC GAIL­LARD, JEAN­PAUL PELISSIER, TEPHANE MAHE/REUTERS

Left: Pierce Bros­nan; Be­low left: Chris Tucker; Be­low: har­lotte Le Bon

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