by Lucrecia Martel
Italy, Argentina, Paraguay, 2011, 6'27"
cinematography Hugo Colace
music and art direction María Onis Vigil
hair & make up Alberto Moccia
cast María Alché, Julia Anderson, Cecilia Barrios
Emilienne de Souza, Piren Larrieu Iturre, Rocío Nuòez
Florencia Ramaccioni, Rocío Somoza
production Hi! Production, Lita Stantic Producciones
executive producer Max Brun, Lita Stantic
The second in a series of short films The Miu Miu Women's Tales exploring the feminine love affair with Miu Miu is a contemporary film noir with a mysterious transformation at its heart.
In this contemporary film noir, an elegant crew of female creatures emerges insect-like from portals on board a ship anchored in a tropical sea, their faces obscured from view. The beings sashay like 40's femme fatales, bearing sunglasses which conceal all but the fluttering of their false lashes as a new language is revealed, a Morse code of clicks and vibrations which underscores their private fantasy world of desire and spiritual escapism. Entombed aboard this luxury modernist boat, the female chrysalides prepare for their strange metamorphosis, symbols of evolution, transcendence and escape from the material and ephemeral.
Lucrecia Martel is behind a number of shorts including international award-winning Rey Muerto (1995). Between 1996 and 1999, Martel made documentaries and television programs for various Argentinian television channels. In 2001, she wrote and made her first feature film, La Ciénaga, which was presented in Berlin, where it won the Alfred Bauer Award, at Sundance, where it won the award for best screenplay and at the Rencontres Cinéma d'Amérique Latine in Toulouse, where it won both the Découverte and the Grand Prix awards. In 2004, Martel made her second feature film, La niņa santa, selected in Cannes. Four years later, she made La mujer sin cabeza.