Cannes Film Festival rejects women from red-carpet screening of pro-LGBT romance 'Carol' for not wearing high heels

Women, some with medical conditions, 'turned away for wearing flats'

Adam Withnall
Tuesday 19 May 2015 10:11 BST
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Cate Blanchett and director Todd Haynes turn to help Rooney Mara upon arrival for the screening of the film Carol at the Cannes Film Festival, 17 May 2015
Cate Blanchett and director Todd Haynes turn to help Rooney Mara upon arrival for the screening of the film Carol at the Cannes Film Festival, 17 May 2015 (AP)

The Cannes Film Festival is facing an angry backlash after it was accused of turning away women from a red-carpet screening for not wearing high heels.

A number of women in their 50s, some reportedly with medical conditions, were denied access to the showing of Todd Haynes’ entry Carol on Sunday night, according to Screen magazine.

On Twitter, the report sparked outrage among users who called Cannes “an outdated embarrassing piece of s*** festival”.

The festival organisers were yet to respond to a request for comment from The Independent.

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