Miu Miu Women’s Tales Unveils Dakota Fanning, Haifaa Al-Mansour Shorts at Venice Days

Miu Miu Women’s Tales is back at the Venice Film Festival’s Venice Days section for the seventh year with its 15th and 16th female-directed shorts that explore life through the female gaze. The global fashion brand created its shorts program in 2012, featuring work from such filmmakers as Zoe Cassavetes, Lucrecia Martel, Massy Tadjedin, Ava DuVernay, So Yong Kim, Agnes Varda and Chloe Sevigny.

This year’s offerings feature actress Dakota Fanning’s directing debut, “Hello Apartment,” which premiered earlier this year during London Fashion Week, and “The Wedding Singer’s Daughter” by writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour, whose breakout feature “Wadjda” in 2012 was Saudi Arabia’s first foreign-language Oscar entry. “The Wedding Singer’s Daughter” will premiere at Venice on Sunday, Sept. 2, followed by a screening of “Hello Apartment.”

The program will also include panel discussions with Fanning and Al-Mansour as well as Bel Powley, Alison Sudol, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Kristine Froseth and Sadie Sink, moderated by The Gentlewoman editor-in-chief Penny Martin.

Al-Mansour is looking forward to going back to Venice, which is where “Wadjda” premiered. “It’s really sweet to go back with a similar story.” Both films feature a young girl faced with a dilemma due to Saudi Arabia’s stringent gender rules. “The Wedding Singer’s Daughter” takes place in Saudi Arabia where a performer sings for fancily dressed women at a wedding party until an electrical problem cuts her performance off. Her daughter’s quick thinking gets the show back on track just as the wedding party arrives.


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