MIU MIU — Everything Can Change In One Day
In a world where the idea of a woman’s place in society is constantly eclipsed by narratives with patriarchal overtones, Miu Miu has come out with a refreshingly powerful take on what it means to reclaim these stories from the female perspective in their acclaimed short-film series, the ‘Women’s Tales’—told by women who critically celebrate femininity in the 21st century. The latest two short films—That One Day by Crystal Moselle, and Seed directed by Naomi Kawase—were presented on September 1st as part of the Venice Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori program.
That One Day, by American director Crystal Moselle, who won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at 2015’s Sundance Film Festival for her debut The Wolfpack, is the 12th commission from Miu Miu for this series. The film traces the steps of a young 17-year-old Rachelle, who lives outside of New York City and delves into a journey of self-discovery while riding out on her skateboard through town.
Rachelle, while intimidated by her encounters with casual, macho sexism, ends up finding her solace in a group of charismatic, lionhearted skater girls, who open her eyes to a whole other world out there connected through the magic of female camaraderie and belonging. That One Day renders this moment of friendship as a tender daydream, with visually potent images of fiercely feminine skaters in serene slow-motion, unafraid and unbound by the tough truths facing women today.
The film is a brilliant undertaking and a visual feast—beautifully documenting the budding challenges of Rachelle’s journey from girlhood to womanhood and the community of women rallying around her to be seen, live loudly, and to own her story.
The other ‘Women’s Tales’ are: Seed by Naomi Kawase; Les 3 Boutons by Agnès Varda; De Djess by Alice Rohrwacher; Somebody by Miranda July; Spark and Light by So Yong Kim; Le Donne della Vucciria by Hiam Abbass; The Door by Ava DuVernay; It’s Getting Late by Massy Tadjedin; The Woman Dress by Giada Colagrande; Muta by Lucrecia Martel; and The Powder Room by Zoe Cassavetes.
Words by Kandice Che
Photos courtesy of Miu Miu