Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, whose sophomore feature “The Wonders” won the Grand Prix at Cannes last year, is the latest filmmaker to helm a short for the fashion brand Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales” series.
Inspired by the pastels of the sixties, postwar stop-motion animation, maybe a dash of Wes Anderson, and of course a love of dazzling opulence, Rohrwacher’s “De Djess” centers on a black European servant-girl, Gianetti (Yanet Mojica), who is the only one with the sensitivity to see the beaded majesty of a dress left behind by a bratty actress (Alba Rohrwacher, the director’s sister). It’s a short meant to be savored for its images: a swarm of dresses floating ashore like iridescent sea creatures, the mysterious movements of the blood-spotted gown left behind at the hotel, the Cinderella-like transformation of the dress and the girl inside it, and the adorable glitch a newly empowered Gianetti provokes with her new dress in the cameras of the wolfish paparazzi waiting in the lobby.
Sure, the short’s an advertisement for Miu Miu, but it’s also a lovely and charming little story told with verve and humor.
Previous “Women’s Tales” contributors include Ava DuVernay, Miranda July, So Yong Kim, Lucrecia Martel, Hiam Abbass, and Zoe Cassavetes. The shorts series is described by Miu Miu as a critical celebration of femininity in the 21st century. You can watch them all on the fashion brand’s site.