Dazed Digital spoke to director Massy Tadjedin about her immaculately-dressed film, which premiered at the Venice Festival
Miu Miu premiered 'It's Getting Late', the latest installment of its Women's Tales at the Venice Film Festival. Directed by Massy Tadjedin, the short succeeds Giada Colagrande's The Woman Dress and features an all-female cast of Aubrey Plaza, Gemma Arterton, Patricia Clarkson and Rinko Kikuchi. Reflecting on the process of anticipation and getting ready, the film culminates in a cameo performance by Zola Jesus. Dazed Digital spoke to director Tadjedin to learn more.
Dazed Digital: The project celebrates exclusively inspiring female directors. How was it to be part of that?
Massy Tadjedin: It was a great experience. It was different and cool to shoot something with only women in it and we had such creative freedom to explore anything we wanted, really. The films are all so different and they were great company to be included among.
DD: Your previous work, like 'Last Night', has dealt with tangled relationships and 'It's Getting Late' touches upon this theme too. How did you translate the same intensity of thought and emotion you would use to show in a feature-length film into a short?
Massy Tadjedin: We tried to capture private moments in the short – the conversations we have with ourselves, the thoughts we don't speak, the preoccupations that capture our mind, the considerations that are part of getting ready for something. I imagined some of those moments and then their expression rested largely with the great actresses in the short.
DD: What about creating a persona through styling?
Massy Tadjedin: The things we wear and how we wear them are choices we've made to show or conceal parts of ourselves. Selecting them is both an intimate and revealing process – and that duality is fascinating. The selection can say so much about us before we've even spoken a word.
DD: What do you admire about Miu Miu?
Massy Tadjedin: Miu Miu is such a beautiful and vibrant brand. Their clothes are so feminine and memorable and distinct and there's so much art and expression in the clothing which makes it that much more exciting to wear. I also admire the people behind the brand, they're all very inspiring.