Danish producer Valeria Richter made headlines Wednesday for having trouble entering Cannes’ red carpet screening of “The Sea of Trees” wearing flat shoes, despite having part of her foot amputated. Though she was ultimately allowed to attend, the festival has attempted to clarify its policy. However, it still has not explained what kind of shoes will pass muster.
Emily Blunt spoke out Tuesday about what she characterized as a ban on flats, saying, “I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore. I prefer to wear Converse sneakers.” She later walked the red carpet in sky-high stiletto sandals.
While a festival office reportedly told Screen Daily that heels were required, festival director Thierry Fremaux tweeted about the controversy Tuesday, saying heels are not part of the rules. He outlined the policy: “For the steps (red carpet), nothing has changed: Smoking (tuxedo), black tie. No mention of heels.”