The 2012 edition of the Venice Film Festival (August 29-September 8) featured Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tales,” four short films by four young female directors from around the world. A three-day showcase on the Lido (August 30-September 1) will support female filmmakers with the ninth edition of Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), which screened the series of shorts together for the first time yesterday.

The films aim to show how the Miu Miu short film platform has managed to combine credible filmmaking themes and a strong feminine point of view with fashion. The four films in the series are: The Powder Room, directed by Zoe Cassavetes; Muta, directed by Lucrecia Martel; The Woman Dress, directed by Giada Colagrande and It’s Getting Late, directed by Massy Tadjedin. Actresses Gemma Arterton, Patricia Clarkson, Aubrey Plaza, Rinko Kikuchi and Maya Sansa make up the casts, and the soundtracks were scored by new musical talents including Au Revoir Simone and Zola Jesus.

The diverse films, set in LA, London, a witches’ cavern and a mysterious ship, explore feminine rituals, codes and gestures, each touching on what it means to be a woman. Each director applied her distinctive point of view using a particular cinematographic style, with elements of melodrama, surrealism and film noir reflecting the world of Miu Miu in multifarious dimensions.

Highlights from the Miu Miu collections take on leading roles as well; sunglasses, accessories, and key looks from the ready-to-wear collections act as important plot devices, central to the films’ narratives. Following this initiative, Miu Miu will continue to commission further Women’s Tales films in the future.