Miu Miu latest two short films the Women’s Tales, premiere as part of the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori, Venice Days program on recently. The powerful short films, by leading international female directors, show how the Miu Miu short film platform has managed to combine authentic and credible filmmaking themes and a strong feminine point of view with fashion.
The latest films are The Door, directed by Ava DuVernay and Le Donne della Vucciria directed by Hiam Abbass. The diverse films, set in LA and the Sicilian city of Palermo explore feminine codes and gestures, both touching on the pleasures and complexities of womanhood. Both directors apply their distinctive point of view through their particular filmic style, reflecting the world of Miu Miu in multifarious dimensions.
Highlights from the Miu Miu collections take leading roles and also perform as important plot devices, central to the narratives. The previous films in the series: The Powder Room, directed by Zoe Cassavetes; Muta, directed by Lucrecia Martel; The Woman Dress, directed by Giada Colagrande and It’s Getting Late, directed by Massy Tadjedin, were screened at the Venice Days program in 2012.
Le Donne della Vucciria is the sixth in a series of short films celebrating the feminine love affair with Miu Miu. Palestinian female director Hiam Abbass contemplates the transformative power of clothes, music and dance in a charming, evocative study of the women of the Sicilian city of Palermo.
“Coincidence… I was visiting Palermo when I received the demand to direct one of the Women’s Tales for Miu Miu… - says Hiam Abbass - It was evident that Palermo had to be my set, my story. Her Donne were to be my characters, her Pupi were to be my inspiration. This city contains beauty, history, tradition that makes one wonder with a big smile… Certainly a space where imagination meets the creation of a great designer and makes her collection dance in the magical universe of the ‘Sicilian Capital’… ”
In the Vucciria, the heart of Palermo’s historic old city, strains of quintessentially Italian traditional music drift into a dressmaker’s workshop on the warm breeze, carrying the anticipation of the long summer evening, and perhaps a little magic too.
The dressmaker sews in time, creating a mysterious collection of traditional puppet costumes, while the square below comes alive with music and dancing. As a cast of vibrant women rise and join the musicians in a crescendo of spinning polka dots and clapping metallic suede heels the dressmaker looks on, leaving us to wonder who really pulls the strings of this intoxicating fiesta.