Being the women we are

by Ida Bisogno
edited by Francesco Gamberini

The conversation series on the Miu Miu Women's Tales program continue to explore what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, with some of today's most intense and original women filmmakers on the Lido to share their views. At the Hotel Excelsior, in the Veneto Region's meeting space, three world-renowned actresses were on hand for the talks: Nathalie Emmanuel, the iconic Missandei from Game of Thrones, and coming to your screens soon with the Fast & Furious crew; Lyna Khoudri, who starred in the well-received Gagarine this year, next up in Wes Anderson's new film, The French Dispatch; and Katherine Waterston, known for her intense performance in Inherent Vice by Paul Thomas Anderson, and co-star, with Vanessa Kirby, of the impressive second film by Mona FastvoldThe World to Come, competing at Venice this year.

Katherine Waterston had this to say about the Miu Miu Women's Tales conversation series: "It's fantastic to meet up with colleagues I wouldn't otherwise have had a chance to dialogue with. It's the first time I've heard of this initiative, and it certainly is an opportunity that doesn't come along very often."

About the welcome increase in films made and produced by women in recent years, Nathalie Emmanuel summed up her views as follows: "Yes, something has changed, but there's a lot more to be done. We have to start being the women we are, not the ones men want us to be."

Lyna Khoudri chose to discuss her recent role in The French Dispatch: "My character is a highly ironic activist. Working with Wes made me feel like a child again: everyone's always joking around, yet he's a very calm director because he knows what he wants."

Nathalie Emmanuel wrapped things up with an insightful comment: "Today it's more and more important to be able to show one's weaknesses. We can be funny, vulnerable, strong or weak, but above all, we need to be able to destroy the stereotypes about what we should be."