Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Why Kristen Stewart took off her shoes on the Cannes red carpet

Why Kristen Stewart took off her shoes on the Cannes red carpet

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement have shaken the industry to the core and rightly so as people realise they no longer have to fear speaking up.

The festival supported Saturday's protest.

Also joining were the five female members of this year's Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. Apart from the screening of the acclaimed films, it is even known for its glamorous red-carpet appearances by the beauties of cine world.

While festival director Thierry Fremaux has denied the existence of this rule, several reputable media outlets over the years have reported incidences of women being turned away from events over inappropriate footwear. As jury president Cate Blanchett noted, 1,688 male directors have ascended those same stairs to premiere their films during the life of the festival, but just 82 women have gotten that same honor.

Only 82 female directors have competed for the top Palme d'Or prize since 1946 compared with almost 1,700 male directors.

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According to The Indian Express, on May 16, the TITAN Reginald F. Lewis Film Awards held at Cannes will celebrate women from the film Industry all over the world. "We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress". We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts.

Walking arm in arm with 82 other women which included Kristen Stewart, Patty Jenkins, Salma Hayek, both she and Palme d'Or winning director Agnes Varda gave moving speeches that set the tone for the festival.

In the past she has spoken out against the different regulations for men and women.

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