The explosion of female creativity in the era of the digital image
The oldest showcase for cinema in the world, the Venice Film Festival, will this year be shining the spotlight on the quality of female creativity. Not a cosseted ghetto, nor the feigned surprise of the new (women filmmakers and artists require no rhetoric underscoring), but a moment of reflection and the emphasizing of a profound transformation, with the spread of the digital image finally throwing open the doors to equality.
Venice Days has regularly given voice to women filmmakers over the years, based on the objective quality and class of content that artists the world over have entrusted to us, a case in point being the 2011 edition featuring four female directors from a range of cultures: Russia, Palestine, Italy and Brazil.
As of this year, in partnership with Miu Miu, this artistic awareness is transformed into an organic project which promotes critical reflection and creative showmanship over three days of events, dedicated to women, their dignity, their battles, their expressions.
The Miu Miu project dedicated to a female outlook on the big screen has already produced four short films, entitled "The Miu Miu Women´s Tales" which will be presented collectively for the first time ever, in the presence of the directors, Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Giada Colagrande and Massy Tadjedin. From this year, Miu Miu will invite one of the filmmakers selected by Venice Days to create a new work in collaboration with the project. This filmmaker will be presented, alongside her film, to the press and public alike. The icon of the project will be experimental US auteur, Maya Deren, whose memory will be honoured by a screening of her first film, Meshes of Afternoon (1943).
The three days of Women´s Tales will also include two Q&As with international protagonists of film culture, as well as a collective discussion with some of the most innovative women working in the Italian cinema.