Wes Anderson took a stylish detour into car-racing films with his latest short.
The Moonrise Kingdom director collaborated with Prada in the roughly eight-minute short film “Casello Cavalcanti.” It stars a frequent Anderson protagonist Jason Schwartzman as a bumbling race car driver, lagging behind in the race, spouting obscenities. It debuted at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday.
Casello Cavalcanti keeps true to the director’s fondness for hyper-saturated color schemes, fast dialogue, and nods to classic cinema, in this case, ’50s Fellini. It begins with vignettes of Italian ladies bantering, old men playing cards around carafes of wine, the town priest sauntering by, all the action centered at the cafe. Schwartzman’s race car driver character enters the film with a bang - as he crashes into a statue and watches his car go up in flames. He’s forced to stay in the town until the next bus comes, but finds out he has special connection to the townspeople of Casello Cavalcanti.
This isn’t the first collaboration with the style-centric director and the Italian fashion house. Anderson directed a short film for Prada’s perfume Candy L’eau in early 2013. It starred Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) with Adrien Brody-look-a-likes Peter Gadiot and Rodolphe Pauly vying for her affection.
Watch Casello Cavalcanti below: