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Watch: Kenzo's Surreal New Short Film Starring Maya Rudolph

by Filment Ho
18.09.2017
The Parisian fashion house presents its Fall-Winter 2018 collection through the lens of Natasha Lyonne

KENZO is no stranger to the silver screen. In the past few seasons, the Parisian fashion house has played out its fantasies and reveries in films under the creative direction of Carol Lim and Humberto Leon and a different writer and director each time. Previously, the brand has worked with Gregg Araki, Sean Baker, Carrie Brownstein and Kahlil Joseph, garnering two Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca X Award nominations along the way.

Cabiria, Charity, Chastity

For Fall-Winter 2017, KENZO presents its fifth film, Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, the directorial debut by award-winning actress and producer Natasha Lyonne.

An ode to the '50s and '60s, the 13-minute film follows Chastity (played by Maya Rudolph) as a modern-day reinvention of Italian film and stage actress Giulietta Masina (renowned for her role in Federico Fellini’s La Strada) and American film and theatre actress Shirley MacLaine (who starred Bob Fosse’s Sweet Charity), on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

A take on surrealism, the lead character learns to reconnect with her Vaudevillian past in order to step into her life more fully. The film witnesses Chastity’s journey as she explores the eloquence of incoherence; the illusion of significance in a bizarre, often incomprehensible and unfair world. KENZO's Fall/Winter 2017 collection makes a starring role in the film – where each piece is stripped and deconstructed, literally and emblematically, to question the semiotics of fashion as a political vehicle, and the place of women’s bodies in pop culture.

The film also stars Lyonne herself, Fred Armisen, Greta Lee, James Ransone, Leslie Odom Jr, Matt Lucas, Waris Ahluwalia, and Macaulay Culkin. Watch Cabiria, Charity, Chastity below.

KENZO – Cabiria, Charity, Chastity by Natasha Lyonne

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