As part of its Miu Miu Women’s Tales series, Miu Miu has debuted a new short film as part of Venice Film Festival.
I And The Stupid Boy was directed by Kaouther Ben Hania and tells a story about a young girl in love. A tale of 21st-century male-female power, sexuality and shame — with a biting, feminist twist.
The main character “Nora” is played by French actress Oulaya Amamra, who won the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2017 for her role in the film Divines.
The series showcases the work of female directors, in this case, Tunisian-born Kaouther Ben Hania whose most recent work The Man Who Sold His Skin, was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.
“I wanted to create an impossible love story,” says Kaouther. “The girl in my story is very empathetic,” she continues, “whereas the boy sees everything from his own perspective.” Kaouther’s film explores the breakdown of communication between these divergent personality types. The way Nora is dressed in her Miu Miu apparel is fundamental to the character’s story arc. “Nora has sex appeal, she wants to be cool. When she’s stopped by Kevin, her costume doesn’t help her. I love this contradiction.” Kaouther adds, “Costumes are a very powerful tool in cinema, like scenery and lighting.”
I And The Stupd Boy, is now available to stream on MUBI globally. Isabel Sandoval’s SHANGRI-LA is also currently available to stream globally on MUBI.