Purpose and Values
Miu Miu Women’s Tales returns to the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori for the sixth year with a rich program of film screenings and intimate conversations by some of the most talked about women working in arts and cinema today. The essence of Women’s Tales is an investigation into the complexities and contradictions of the contemporary world, as seen through the female gaze. This essence -constantly curious, critical and celebratoryshapes the compelling themes and guests brought together over three special days.
On August 31st 2017, the newest episode of Women’s Tales, directed by choreographer/ dancer/filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall, is premiered. (The [End) of History Illusion] combines 1930s Hollywood musical and 1960s Cold War nightmare into a pastel coloured story of commercialism, fear and escapism. Also being screened is the last addition to Miu Miu’s short-film series, directed by Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Chloë Sevigny. Carmen stars comedienne Carmen Lynch and is an examination of the highs and lows of performance and the loneliness that accompanies being in strong cities.
Complementing these visuals at Venice are the voices of brilliant women, across generations, sharing their first-hand experiences in frank conversations: what are the challenges and contours of forming a career in film and media today?
The morning of September 1st brings together Celia Rowlson-Hall and Chloë Sevigny. Celia Rowlson-Hall’s choreography has been seen by millions on the hit TV series Girls, as well as infectious pop videos for Alicia Keys and MGMT. Her debut feature film, MA was premiered at the 2015 Giornate Degli Autori-Venice Days. Chloë Sevigny has had a critically acclaimed career for more than two decades, including such films as Kids and Boys Don’t Cry, as well as the upcoming The Snowman and Lean on Pete.
Then, in the afternoon of the same day, Kate Bosworth and Zosia Mamet come together. Kate Bosworth made her acting debut in The Horse Whisperer, went onto star in Still Alice. Bosworth recently produced feature film NONA, which puts a face to Central America’s sex trafficking industry, under her production banner - Make Pictures. Zosia Mamet is an actress, musician and producer who has appeared in Mad Men and The Kids Are All Right, and is best known for her unforgettable role as Shoshanna Shapiro in HBO’s Golden Globe award-winning series Girls. She will next be seen in the A24 thriller Under the Silver Lake later this year.
September 2nd sees Laura Harrier , Kiernan Shipka and Rowan Blanchard combine forces for the morning session. Model and actress Laura Harrier made her major film debut in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and will lead in HBO’s film adaptation of the classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451. Kiernan Shipka arrived fully formed playing Sally Draper in Mad Men, and recently portrayed Bette Davis’ daughter in the TV series Feud: Bette and Joan. Blanchard, known for her role as Riley in Disney’s Girl Meets World, is also a talented writer and artist, with several projects in development and a book of curated art and poetry coming out in 2018. She is set to appear in this season of ABC’s "The Goldberg’s" and in the upcoming "A Wrinkle in Time", out next year.
Hailey Gates and Tavi Gevinson are the final remarkable line-up, that afternoon.
Gevinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie, an online magazine and book series for teenage girls. Since its inception in 2011, when Gevinson was 15, she has cemented herself and a generation of writers as influential voices for a media savvy teenage audience. Now 21, Gevinson is also an actress, having starred in three Broadway shows (including This Is Our Youth and The Crucible) and films like Enough Said. Hailey Gates is the ultimate polymath. She has been an editor at the legendary literary magazine, Paris Review, a Miu Miu campaign model, host of Viceland’s fashion docu-series States of Undress, and currently stars in Twin Peaks: The Return, David Lynch seminal reboot.
Miu Miu’s Conversations will be hosted by the brilliantly minded Penny Martin, Editor-inChief of The Gentlewoman magazine.