Iranian-American filmmaker Massy Tadjedin's reflective short film for Miu Miu follows four women as dusk settles on an atmospheric urban LA landscape. 'It's Getting Late', the fourth installment of the Miu Miu Womens' Tales series, was unveiled last night as part of the Venice Film Festival's Venice Days, where all four short films from the series were screened together for the first time.
Miu Miu's unique undertaking sees female directors with a diverse range of cinematic points of view interpreting the brand from a woman's perspective. The series of four film shorts began in January 2011 with filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes' 'The Powder Room', set in the glamorous confines of London's Claridges Hotel. 'Muta', a film noir-esque mystery set on-board a ship by Lucrecia Martel followed later that year. Hot on its heels earlier this year was Giada Colagrande's 'The Woman Dress', a haunting narrative debuted about a coven of witches who turn an unsuspecting woman into a dress (a stunning Miu Miu lace dress from the S/S 2012 collection, natch).
Featuring the likes of Gemma Arterton, Patricia Clarkson, Rinko Kikuchi and Aubrey Plaza, Tadjedin's film sees an executive power lady, a film editor, a blogger and a mother bathing her daughter each going about their very different daily lives. Dusk settles, and they begin the womanly ritual of dressing up, before making their way separately to a club where singer Zola Jesus (played by herself) performs a spine-tingling rendition of 'Vessel'.
Ultimately unravelling the threads that binds all women together, 'It's Getting Dark', like the three previous films in the series, is an engaging cinematic conversation on the themes, rituals and codes that make up the feminine mystique. In fact, the quartet of films has been so successful that more commissions are now in the pipeline. Watch this space.