MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

HOUSE COMES WITH A BIRD

2022.03.25

By MUSE Team

Janicza Bravo directs the twenty-third chapter of Miu Miu Women’s Tale, an original project that proposes to today’s female filmmakers to explore vanity and femininity in the 21st century.

Janicza Bravo, an american film producer and screenwriter is the director of this sophisticated new episode, starred by Kelsey Lu, Natasha Lyonne, Pedro Pascal, Katherine Waterston and Poorna Jagannathan. The film opens with Penn, Natasha Lyonne, as she straps her pearl detailed heels, and adjusts her sunglasses, with indifferent arrogance, she leaves instructions to Jean, Kelsey Lu, about the house. But the words remain floating in the air, what is a question and what is a statement? Jean, through the listless movements of everyday life, such as plumping the expensive cushions of the sofa, begins to play the cello melancholically, welcoming shortly after Langley, Poorna Jagannathan, and Ruth, Katherine Waterston, two potential buyers of this extraordinary house. The three women introduce us into the elegant interiors of a house filled with the light of the California afternoon sun, showing us a mid-century style villa with extremely sophisticated furnishings and meticulous attention to details. Inside, left by the previous owner, a wonderful macaw in a cage squawks and a weird and awkward tortoise slowly strolls around the garden.

The house hosts and sets the stage for a series of social meetings, each characterized by different dynamics: of power in terms of race, gender, and social class. While apparently it’s the macaw that is literally caged in, Janicza Bravo’s short film suggests that each of us may not be as free as we think. Presented in Los Angeles on March 23rd 2022, the short film is available on Miu Miu’s digital channels and from March 28th in streaming on the Mubi platform.

“A marriage of text and beautiful clothing. I wanted it to feel incredibly effortless.”

-JANICZA BRAVO

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