“I’m not going to turn away a female using flats … or a male in high heels,” stated Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick, taking a poke at a gown code debate in Cannes.
Whatever controversies appear at the Berlin International Movie Celebration this year, Flatgate will not be among them.
The term, created in Cannes in 2015 as a review of the French celebration’s policy of only permitting ladies in heels onto the red carpet, has ended up being a sign for sexism and discrimination at the world’s most significant movie fests. But not in Berlin.On Tuesday
, introducing the lineup for the 2018 Berlinale, Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick explained that Berlin “never had a gown code” and wasn’t intending on presenting one.
“I’m not going to turn away a female using flats … or a man in high heels,” Kosslick quipped, responding to a question about discrimination at this year’s event.But while males and females might be equivalent on the Berlinale red carpet, the Berlin fest is introducing new measures, including what it calls a”safe area policy “to combat discrimination and harassment. The relocation, which follows reports of widespread sexual harassment and assault in the show business, will see Berlin coordinate hotlines for visitors to report cases of discrimination or harassment they experience or witness.Sundance took a comparable tack this year, upgrading its code of conduct to attempt and prevent any unsuitable behavior and presenting a new 24-hour hotline to report offenses. “The Berlinale is a festival that wishes to embody democracy,”the festival said in a declaration,
“mutual appreciation and regard for others have become part of our self-image from the start. The present dispute reveals there is a requirement for action and we hope with our Safe Space Policy to actively add to that.” The festival will likewise host a number of panels and discussions talking about the issues raised by the #MeToo and #TimesUp
movements and debates.The #MeToo motion, which began with accusations of sexual harassment and attack carried out by producer Harvey Weinstein, has actually long given that gone global.The first significant case in the German market broke previously this year, when three actresses accused German director Dieter Wedel of sexual misbehavior. On Monday, Wedel resigned from his position as artistic director of the Bad Hersfeld Theater Celebration. He rejects all allegations.The 2018 Berlinale runs Feb. 15-Feb. 25.