Kenzo’s new film, Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, marks the directorial debut of award-winning actress and producer Natasha Lyonne. It follows Chastity (Maya Rudolph) as both a modern-day Giulietta Masina (who played Gelsomina in Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada) and Shirley MacLaine (who starred as Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, a Bob Fosse movie from 1969) on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Lyonne herself – along with Fred Armisen, Greta Lee, James Ransone, Leslie Odom Jr, Matt Lucas, Waris Ahluwalia and Macaulay Culkin – also appears on screen.
This feminine and feminist perspective delves into Chastity’s battle to shift from object to subject, and regain control of her own narrative. It features Kenzo’s autumn/Winter 2017/18 collections by the brand’s creative directors, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, and gives the garments a key role. Each piece is stripped down and deconstructed, literally and symbolically, asking questions about the place of women’s bodies in contemporary culture.
This is the fifth film from the French fashion house under the creative direction of Lim and Leon. Kenzo has previously worked with Gregg Araki, Sean Baker, Carrie Brownstein and Kahlil Joseph, garnering two Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca X Award nominations along the way. The film will be released on 14 September.