American Hustle and The Fighter director David O. Russell has teamed up with Miuccia Prada on a multi-platform short film collaboration titled "Past Forward." Inspired by a dinner conversation with the Prada designer, where the two mused on the idea that one day a pill would allow us to simultaneously experience all media at the same time, the final result is a "cinema poem" which lies somewhere between reality, dreams, memories and excerpts of movies.
Plot-wise the narrative is just as dreamy and vague. Three women (played by Kuoth Weil, Freida Pinto and Allison Williams) appear to be living parallel versions of the same story, a drama which offers suspense, desire and bliss among other things. Supporting actors include John Krasinski and Sacha Baron Cohen, while a cinematic score mainly comprised of Bernard Herrmann classics from North by Northwest and Vertigo provide the perfect accompaniment. The flawless costuming is, of course, Prada.
David O. Russell penned a letter explaining the film and its intentions:
Here was the opportunity to make a journey of cinema guided by layers of movie memories, life images and emotions, with no aim except to create art — as if it were a painting or a sculpture — free from normal narrative or audience expectations. The cast and I worked simply for the joy of making art.
Watch the cinematic short for yourself over at Prada's site.
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