An exclusive look at Miu Miu’s latest film ahead of tonight’s screening
'Somebody' directed by Miranda July
Earlier today we revealed the first app to be released by the usually digitally shy Prada Group – a collaborative project called 'Somebody' with Miranda July. We also shared the news that, tonight; the film to accompany the app will debut at the Venice Film Festival to an A-list crowd. Now we bring you the exclusive first look...
Have you ever found it impossible to say something, face to face, to someone you know, someone you love? The words just won't come out? The app - a new messaging service, which shares the same title as the film Somebody, by Miranda July addresses these complex issues and relationships in the digital era.
In the film, Jessica wants to tell Caleb she can't be his girlfriend anymore. She opens up the app and types in the heartbreaking message, and selects Paul from a list. Paul is in the park. Paul's phone dings. He eyes Caleb having a picnic. Paul delivers the bad news-as Jessica. Eyes bawling. Arms flapping.. Caleb is, devastated.
Meanwhile, the 'Somebody' app does the opposite for Yolanda and Blanca's friendship, and saves it, makes Jeffy's marriage proposal to lonely Victoria, and initiates a curious ménage-à-trois between two prison workers and a parched potted plant named Anthony.
This latest addition to Womens' Tales series showcases Miranda July's vision and unique ability to capture the strange tenderness of contemporary relationships. Her previous features – The Future and Cannes Festival award winning Me and You and Everyone We Know – share Somebody's bittersweet humour, a recognisably Miranda July tone, which also runs through her short stories and Internet oriented artworks.
The aim of the project is to take our endless hunger for communication, technology, avatars and outsourcing, and blend it into what seems to be a surreal near future, but it's not – it's right now. With support from Miu Miu, July worked with a team of developers to create the radical and complex app. "I see Somebody as a world-wide public art project, inciting performance, connection between strangers and conversation about the value of inefficiency and risk." commented Miranda July.
Fashion-wise, the film features a mix of Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2014 collection with vintage and streetwear. "With this collection Miuccia Prada seemed to be drawing from the everyday, utilitarian world around her; I fantasised that I was reverse-engineering the clothes back to their origins." added July.
Somebody will debut tonight at the 71st International Venice Film Festival.