Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Miu Miu: Women's Tales x Ava DuVernay

Image © Miu Miu, 2013

Last year Miu Miu began releasing a series of short films entitled Women's Tales, a project which focused on showcasing work by some of the industry's top female directors. The latest in the series, The Door, is from Ava DuVernay, the award-winning director of 2012 Sundance hit Middle of Nowhere.

The short, which stars Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele, 
tells the tale of three women who each try to cheer up a friend in need. It's a nod to celebrating sisterhood, a theme still lacking in mainstream cinema ("Bridesmaids" came pretty close though), and of course all of the female stars of the short are clad in Miu Miu's SS13 collection. Apart from actress Gabrielle Union that is, who stands alone near a pool in a Hollywood Hills-style home in the opening sequence, wearing a long red gown with a plunging neckline - the dress was custom made by Miu Miu at DuVernay's request for the film.
There's also a pretty cool jazzy-meets-neo-soul soundtrack that will have your head gently bopping along while you watch.

As DuVernay says, “The Door is really about friendship and sisterhood. It’s about a woman in turmoil and three different friends who arrive at her door and bring something of themselves to draw her our of her sadness. Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.

"Something you don’t see enough in cinema is sisterhood and the friendships that women share, which are very specific and nourishing. Movies affect the way we see ourselves and the way we’re seen by others, so I think examples of women being together and not being catty or competitive are important – when women get together there is always a little drama, but it doesn’t have to be negative".

Basically, girl power lives on. Hurrah for that!

Watch the film below and you can also see the series' previous films, The Powder Room by Zoe Cassavetes, Muta by Lucrecia Martel, The Woman Dress by Giada Colagrande and It's Getting Late by Massy Tadjedin HERE.


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