Ava enters the Brooklyn loft for the first time. It’s empty. Freshly painted but old. Sun streams through the large windows, onto the hardwood floor, worn with marks from previous inhabitants. Ava sits down. This is now home. Her home. This is where she’ll meet a boy and fall in love. This is where wine will be spilt at the party. This is where they’ll scream at each other, and decide it’s all over. The apartment will become a witness to Ava’s personal history - her joy and sadness, hopes and disappointments - the kind of universal space we all find ourselves evolving into adulthood.

Dakota Fanning’s directorial debut, Hello Apartment, is the 15th commission from Miu Miu Women’s Tales, the acclaimed short-film series by women who critically celebrate femininity in the 21st century.

Actress Dakota Fanning entered the public consciousness with her award winning performance in I Am Sam, when she was just six-years-old. Since then, she appeared in War of the Worlds; the generation defining Twilight series; and transitioned seamlessly into adult roles, such as in American Pastoral. 2018 sees Dakota star in period drama mystery TV series The Alienist.

Hello Apartment is written by Liz Hannah (co-writer of Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated The Post). Liz describes the short’s idea as, “reliving your past while going through what’s happening in your life now, in one space.” Dakota says the story, “was inspired by my first home, where I still live. It is a shrine to experiences.” Asked if she envisages ever leaving her current place, she replies, “I’ve a hard time letting go. What happens to all those memories?” On her first experience as a director, Dakota admits, “I needed to scare myself a little.” She adds that, “Miu Miu feels like a family to me. It’s been a real joy to incorporate all the different looks.

This episode of new Women’s Tales is a tender portrait of a young woman, skipping sensually over days, months and years. It reminds us that we write ourselves into our surroundings. The scars are our stories. Decades later, a much older Ava returns to the same space, the same sun streaming though the large windows, and the memories flood back. “Hello apartment.”

Dakota Fanning’s new episode for Women’s Tales will be premiered in London on February 19th, 2018.

Women's Tales archive


“더 파우더 룸 (The Powder Room)”
우먼스 테일 #1

조 카사베츠


“뮤타 (Muta)”
우먼스 테일 #2

루크레시아 마르텔


“더 우먼 드레스 (The Woman Dress)”
우먼스 테일 #3

지아다 콜라그란데


“ 잇츠 게팅 레이트 (It’s Getting Late)”
우먼스 테일 #4

마시 태지딘


“더 도어 (The Door)”
우먼스 테일 #5

아바 듀버네이


“르 돈느 델라 부치리아 (Le donne della vucciria)”
우먼스 테일 #6

히암 압바스


“스파크 앤 라이트 (Spark and Light)”
우먼스 테일 #7

감독 김소영


“썸바디 (Somebody)”
우먼스 테일 #8

감독 미란다 줄라이 (Miranda July)


“데 드제스(De Djess)”
우먼스 테일 #9

감독 엘리스 로르와처 (Alice Rohrwacher)


“레스 3 보톤스 (Les 3 Boutons)”
우먼스 테일 #10

감독 아그네스 바르다 (Agnes Varda)


우먼스 테일 #11

가와세 나오미(Naomi Kawase)가


“댓 원 데이 (That one Day)”
우먼스 테일 #12

감독 크리스탈 모셀 (Crystal Moselle)


우먼스 테일 #13

감독 끌로에 셰비니 (Chloë Sevigny)


“(디 [앤드) 오브 히스토리 일루젼] (The [End) of History Illusion]”
우먼스 테일 #14

감독 첼리아 롤슨 홀 (Celia Rowlson-Hall)


"Hello Apartment"
우먼스 테일 #15

감독 다코타 패닝 (Dakota Fanning)