Prada’s third film collaboration weaves an insightful tale of fate.
From the luminous depths of acclaimed director Wes Anderson’s eccentric imagination comes the next Prada Classics project: an iconoclastic and experimental eight-minute short film, Castello Cavalcanti. Anderson’s tale takes us back to 1955, an era blazing with the acid colours of Fifties Formica, where neon signage burns bright.
Driving through picturesque Italy, Jason Schwartzman suddenly crashes his racing car into none other than Jesus Christ. He soon finds himself in a pitch-perfect period town, a one piazza kind of place where the solitary bus makes sporadic appearances and family secrets are shared over spaghetti. Reflecting upon the stark contrast of his urbane, slick self with the unfamiliar surroundings, Schwartzman eventually realises that everything happens for a reason and embarks on a journey of personal revelation. “In a way I’m glad I crashed,” he later admits with marked relief. “It’s a warning for me.”
Castello Cavalcanti debuted at the Rome Film Festival late last year to great acclaim. Brimming with vivacity, it follows on from Prada’s 2012 collaboration with film maestro Roman Polanski, and looks set to reaffirm the house’s strong connection with art, architecture, and film. www.prada.com
A scene from Castello Cavalcanti