“We understand this political climate has turned your world upside down,” the 1950s TV-ad voice-over tells you. “Underground shelter is your best defense against radioactive fallout.” Cue perky music, tap dancing twins, and a ballerina that bakes the perfect croissant. Welcome to your new luxury home - buried 26 feet below. Complete with mini-golf course, dance floor, swimming pool, two jacuzzis, and a thoroughly modern mermaid. “This is reality.” That is, until the nuclear siren rings.
(The [End) of History Illusion], by Celia Rowlson-Hall, is the 14th commission from Miu Miu Women’s Tales. The acclaimed short-film series invites today’s most profound and original female directors to investigate vanity and femininity in the 21st century.
Dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall is best known for her iconic choreography in the hit TV show Girls; her work on music videos by Alicia Keys and MGMT; her sweet, sad shorts, such as The Audition and Prom Night; and the 2015 feature, MA, a contemporary, wordless re-telling of Virgin Mary’s venture, through deserts and dirt-tracks. Filmmaker Magazine says Rowlson-Hall “folds one art form into another” and “allows her to employ her body as a storytelling vehicle.”

 

About her new Women’s Tales film, Rowlson-Hall says, “I wanted to explore commercialism in the face of fear, creating a spectacle to distract and entertain, an escape from our present day reality.” She knew the perfect readymade setting: a Cold War era, Las Vegas nuclear bunker, which was shaped into a picturesque family home, designed to survive a nuclear war for an entire year. “When I saw the new Miu Miu collection,” reflects Rowlson-Hall, “there was something about the textiles and colours that made me want to create characters which could come with this space.”
These characters slowly come apart in (The [End) of History Illusion] as the cataclysmic events above ground take their toll below. This pastel-hued community can no longer sustain the Hollywood musical illusion. A new reality breeds chaos and confusion. The spirit of the film takes inspiration from how Rowlson-Hall thinks of Miu Miu: “elastic, grounded, sensitive and risk taking.”

A new dedicated Instagram platform @miumiuwomenstales has been launched. It provides a complimentary, innovative space of expression that further explores the rich complexities of being a woman. 

Women's Tales archive

1

"The Powder Room" 
Women's Tales #1

by Zoe Cassavetes

2

"Muta"
Women's Tales #2

by Lucrecia Martel

3

"The Woman Dress"
Women's Tales #3

by Giada Colagrande

4

"It's Getting Late"
Women's Tales #4

by Massy Tadjedin

5

"The Door"
Women's Tales #5

by Ava DuVernay

6

"Le donne della Vucciria"
Women's Tales #6

by Hiam Abbass

7

"Spark and Light"
Women's Tales #7

by So Yong Kim

8

"Somebody"
Women's Tales #8

by Miranda July

9

"De Djess"
Women's Tales #9

by Alice Rohrwacher

10

"Les 3 Boutons"
Women's Tales #10

by Agnès Varda

11

"Seed"
Women's Tales #11

directed by Naomi Kawase

12

"That One Day"
Women's Tales #12

directed by Crystal Moselle

13

Carmen
Women's Tales #13

directed by Chloë Sevigny