Italy, United States, 2013, 9'
cast Gabrielle Union, Adepero Oduye
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Goapele, Alfre Woodard
hair Kiyah Wright
make-up Vonda Morris
producers Howard Barish, Ava DuVernay
productions RSA Films, Hi! Production
executive producers Jules Daly, Max Brun
Marjie Abrahams, Maria Gallagher
press office Miu Miu
Tel. +39 02 3498121
The Door is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life changes. It is the fifth in Miu Miu's series of short films. The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist's home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness. Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine's emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.
"Every time a woman makes a film it is a political act, in my view, whether we mean it to be or not. Films by women illustrate the human experience though a woman's voice, through a woman's eyes, through a woman's creativity. Experiences which are often marginalized, fabricated or simply ignored. I think what Miu Miu is doing with this film series is wonderfully radical. [...] In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves. Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are." [Ava DuVernay]
Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the 2013 John Cassavetes Spirit Award for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay (1972, California) is a writer, producer, director and distributor. DuVernay's directorial work also includes the dramatic feature I Will Follow, as well as the documentaries Venus vs, This Is The Life and My Mic Sounds Nice. She is currently prepping for directorial duties on the Dr. Martin Luther King film, "Selma". DuVernay is founder of AFFRM, a film distribution collective dedicated to African-American cinema. Based in Los Angeles, she is a board member for both Film Independent and the Sundance Institute, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.