The conversation series at Miu Miu Women’s Tales

Miu Miu Women's Tales returns to Giornate degli Autori, with two screenings on Sunday, September 1 - of the shorts Shako Mako and Brigitte - and a packed slate of talks with some of the most interesting women professionals now working in film and the arts.

Exploring the complexity and the contradictions of the contemporary world, as seen through the female gaze, is really the essence of Women's Tales. Ever curious, critical and celebratory, it's also the essence of the themes of the talks and the high-profile guest speakers who come together for this special three-day event.

Shako Mako, directed by the journalist, model, actress and now director Hailey Gates, ponders the role of women in the making of Hollywood productions. Laila is a young actress weary of a work in progress in which the women actors are all relegated to the role of extras, with no lines, and she's looking for a way out. "I got interested in the situation of people who act in real life," the director explained, "and the effect this has on their psyches and their emotional state."
Brigitte, the new film by the acclaimed Lynne Ramsay, whose feature You Were Never Really Here won the award for best screenplay at Cannes in 2017, is a documentary short about the photographer Brigitte Lacombe. The French set photographer, who lives in New York, has worked with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, and David Mamet, and her photos have appeared in the world's leading magazines.

Miu Miu and Giornate degli Autori have also arranged a conversation series featuring some of the most intriguing women filmmakers and actresses today. In keeping with tradition, all the talks are moderated by the journalist Penny Martin and are held at the Veneto Region space at the Hotel Excelsior.

The series gets underway on September 2 at 11 am, with the above-mentioned directors of the two Miu Miu shorts, Hailey Gates and Lynne Ramsay, and the stars of the films, Alia Shawkat and Brigitte Lacombe.

The next conversation, at 3 pm, features three actresses: Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers, Fosse/Verdon, Once Upon a Time in HollywoodHunter Schafer (a model who in her role in the HBO series Euphoria was a revelation) and Tessa Thompson (Creed, Westworld, Men in Black: International).

On the next morning, September 3 at 10:30, Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rapsody, The Politician) compares notes with Diana Silvers (Glass and the just-released Booksmart) and Brit Marling (The Company You Keep and the series Babylon and The OA).