Venice Film Festival: We Can't Wait to Try Miranda July's New Miu Miu App
An app that sends a real person to deliver your text messages? Sure, sign us up — along with Kirsten Dunst, Felicity Jones and Dakota Fanning, who celebrated the director's latest project on Thursday.
The stars came out in full force on Thursday to support the launch of Miranda July’s Somebody, created as part of Miu Miu Women’s Tales, a series of short films by today’s top female filmmakers. The director, who also launched a mobile app with the film, showed up in a scarlet Miu Miu number with capped sleeves and a black shoulder bag.
Platinum-haired ladies Kirsten Dunst, Dakota Fanning and Lena Dunham sat front row in support of the film, alongside Felicity Jones and Kate Mara, all dressed head to toe in Miu Miu. After the screening, designer Miuccia Prada held a private dinner for the ladies at her decadent Venetian villa.
Dunst, a former face of Miu Miu who describes her own style as "comfortable," was in London and decided to come out last-minute for the festivities. She wore a blue '70s-inspired print shift from Miu Miu's spring/summer '15 collection and silver strappy heels.
“I feel like it’s a brand that I’ve loved since I was young and still love. You can’t say that about too many brands,” Dunst tells Pret-a-Reporter about her love for Prada's sister label.
“I’ve always been a fan of the way that Miuccia puts together women in creative ways. She’s really the only designer that does that, which is so nice,” she says about the events. “You don’t often get to hang out together with other actresses. She puts together really lovely events for all of us."
Somebody is a short film and new messaging service from Miranda July and Miu Miu that attempts to put the human touch back into mobile messaging. The short comedy revealed users typing messages into their phones, and then finding someone nearby to act out the message to its intended recipient.
A giant sportsman delivers a breakup message to a teenage boy in a park. A grandmother reunites two best friends bickering on the street. A waiter proposes to a woman whose boyfriend is stuck in prison. And a plant types out a simple request for water to a prison guard. The app is available for download on the iTunes store and lists official "hot spots" as a smattering of cultural institutions across the world, including LACMA in L.A. and the New Museum in New York.
The afternoon also saw the unveiling Spark and Light by So Yong Kim, about a young woman who falls into surreal dreams when her car breaks down in Iceland. Other shorts this year include entries from Zoe Cassavetes and Lucrecia Martel. All of the films can be viewed on Miu Miu’s website.