Vanity and enhancement. Desire and strength. nightmares and dreams. Failures and successes. Miu Miu continues to investigate the intricacies and inconsistencies of modern womanhood with Miu Miu Women’s Tales, the collection of short films entrusted to the most passionate and creative contemporary female writers. Chlo Sevigny, Juno Temple, Vanessa Kirby, Liliana Cavani, Tessa Thompson, and Lila Avilés all contributed to the project, which started in 2012, over the years. The award-winning The Chambermaid director, screenwriter, and producer from Mexico found inspiration for Eye Two Times Mouth from her love of Madame Butterfly.
Avilés tells the tale of Luz, a rational youthful woman who works in an exhibition but dreams of becoming an opera singer and changing into the woman she desires to be, just as a caterpillar changes into a chrysalis and then into a butterfly, by reinterpreting many common features between Mexican and Japanese magical philosophy in the story of the cross-cultural obsession and betrayal in Puccini’s tragedy. Luz is portrayed by soprano Akemi End
She eventually succeeds, and by the time we see her on stage as Cio-Cio San, the lead character in Puccini’s opera, at the conclusion of the short film, her transformation is complete. We are reminded of this development by Luz’s friends Lucian and Cho, who, while training her to make her voice and hands dance, remark to her: “Your mouth is twice as wide as your eye,” a development that fate seemed to have already engraved into the lines of Luz’s body.
The Curzon Mayfair theater in London will host the international premiere of Eye Two Times Mouth on February 15. The short video will then be accessible via MUBI and Miu Miu’s digital outlets.