An exquisite city, located perfectly on the French Riviera. Yet every May it is bombarded with film producers, directors and an extortionate number of celebrities. But you can’t just be any old celebrity to attend, this prestigious film festival is invite only.
The best of the best come together to preview films and documentaries from around the world…and the stunning scenery is simply the cherry on top.
As the Cannes Film Festival 2015 draws to a close we’re taking a look at the outfits, the films and the drama of the fun filled week in France.
We understand it’s all about the films but before the big screen lights up, all eyes are on the red carpet. Therefore, before we discuss the films, lets take a look and who took Cannes by storm.
The B&W Classic…With A Twist
You can’t go wrong with black and white, but we love how these ladies have combined a daring look with the classic colors!
Kendyl Jenner and Joan Smalls balanced each other out wearing crop tops in opposing colors. Joan Fonda and Doutzen Kroes also looked magnificent in block color pant suits. But we have to admit, Russian modal Natasha Poly wins the award for most daring look in the black and white category!
What better place is there to wear embellished gowns than the Cannes Film Festival?…we can’t think of any either!
These lovely ladies shimmered down the red carpet in their various designer gowns. Some were a little more scandalous than others but our favorite from this selection has to be the gorgeous and elegant Emily Blunt. Her dazzling Stella McCartney gown was custom made to promote her new film “Sicario.”
Lace and Sheer
Probably the riskiest look on the red carpet, lace and sheer has a fine line between scandalous and plain old trashy. But all of these lovely ladies looked stunning while showig some skin in their daring yet breathtaking gowns.
So lets get to the real point of the Cannes Film Festival…the films!! The ‘creme de la creme’ gather together, all hoping to get their hands on an award.
Palme d’Or: “Dheepan”, French director Jacques Audiard
The ‘Golden Palm’ is is the most prestigious award given at Cannes. Audiard, has been nominated for the Palme d’Or three times before but this was his lucky year! He now has a total of three awards from the Cannes Film Festival…pretty impressive!
Grand Prize: “Son of Saul”, Hungarian director Laszio Nemes
Nemes, won the second most prestigious award at the film festival. Not bad for his first Cannes award!
Jury Prize: “The Lobster”, Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos
The third most prestigious award was given to Lanthimos, he now has a total of four awards from Cannes!
Best Actor: “Vincent Lindon”, The Measure of a Man
Lindon won his first Cannes award for his leading role in new film, ‘The Measure of a Man’
Best Actress: “Rooney Mara & Emmanuelle Bercot”, Carol & Mon Roi
These two wonderful actresses shared the award for their leading roles in separate films, ‘Carol’ and ‘Mon Roi.’ This was Mara’s first Cannes award however, Bercot is now a triple threat as this is her third award from the Cannes Film Festival!
Best Director: “Hou Hsiao-hsien”, The Assassin
Hsiao-hsien has been nominated for a staggering 10 awards! In 1993 he was awarded the Jury Prize and after a long 22 years he once again made headlines for his direction in the new film “The Assassin.’
Best Screenplay: “Chronic”, Michel Franco
This is Franco’s second Cannes award but first for best screenplay.
We all love a little drama, no matter how much we deny it! This year Cannes made headlines more so for their red carpet shoe fiasco than the films!
A group of middle-aged women were turned away from the screening of Todd Haynes’s film, ‘Carol’ because, wait for it…they were wearing flat shoes as opposed to heels! Shocking, isn’t it?
Guests received invitations stating that women must be dressed elegantly with smart footwear but the view on heels still seems unclear. The group of women wore dresses and elegant closed-toed flat shoes, yet were still refused entry. The seemingly sexist dress-code policy has not surprisingly caused a great deal of controversy.
Actress Emily Blunt fired back with “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels.” This incident takes place at an interesting point in time as we (women) continue to fight for equality of the sexes and it seems clear we haven’t quite made it yet!
We saw women walk the red carpet in a variety of outfits, including pant-suits, and they were not denied entry. It seems simple that if a woman wants to wear a dress, skirt, pant-suit, heels or flats, as long as she is ‘dressed elegantly with smart footwear’ and has an invitation, she should be allowed entry.