The filmmaker directed the brand’s 22nd short film titled 'I and the Stupid Boy'.
Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s I and the Stupid Boy, the new title in the Prada-commissioned Miu Miu Women’s Tales short film series directed by women, has debuted at the Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section.
The short by Ben Hania, who directed the Oscar-nominated The Man Who Sold His Skin, is a tale of male-female power, sexuality and shame — with a feminist twist.
The filmmaker directed the brand’s 22nd short film.
The 14-minute short film follows a storyline of a striking young woman named Nora who is newly in love and dressing up for an evening date. While heading out, she finds herself taking a shortcut through an abandoned building and coincidently running into her ex-boyfriend, Kevin, who begins to badger her.
French actress Oulaya Amara plays leading actress Nora, and Kevin is played by Sandor Funtek, who recently appeared in two films at Cannes. The inspiration behind the short film is built upon the overheard conversations in the world’s capital of romance, Paris. Showcasing young women around the globe and highlighting the relationship between intimacy, emotional toxic interactions and technology – it even touches on self-value.
The fashion that the main character Nora is wearing sets the tone for the plot. As the film’s intro progresses, we see a gradual uplift in Nora’s overall confidence and mood as she puts together her Miu Miu look for her date.
The shorts in the series are all loosely inspired by Miu Miu clothes and accessories, but with no obligation for these products to be shown on screen.
It is not the first time the fashion label has worked with an Arab director. The 16th film, The Wedding Singer’s Daughter, of the series, was directed by Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour. Her short movie was set in the 1980s in Riyadh.