HOUSE COMES WITH A BIRD
Directed by Janicza Bravo
As Penn straps her pearl detailed heels, and dons crystal studded shades, she leaves haughty instructions for Jean about the house. Find the right place for the flowers. Eat outside (smells linger). What, we are told, is a question, and what is a statement? Jean plumps the rich cushions, dolefully plays cello, and receives potential buyers of this striking modernist villa. Meanwhile, a splendid macaw sits in a cage, while a hulking tortoise mooches in the back garden.
HOUSE COMES WITH A BIRD, directed by Janicza Bravo, is the 23rd commission from Miu Miu Women’s Tales and features singer and cellist Kelsey Lu and actors Natasha Lyonne, Pedro Pascal, Katherine Waterston and Poorna Jagannathan.
“I love making short films,” says Bravo. “I find them a great place to explore and play. For me, working in short film is like going back to theatre school.” Bravo explains how, in many films, “sometimes narrative can cannibalize clothing… [There isn’t] room for the soul.” Bravo’s approach to her Miu Miu Women’s Tales was, “a marriage of text and beautiful clothing. I wanted it to feel incredibly effortless.”