Barnaby Clay recreates the hedonism of 1980s Milan for the Italian composer’s latest featuring Soko and Karen O
The first film for Daniele Luppi’s new MILANO project--a collection of fictionalized stories about misfits, fashionistas, and junkies in mid-1980s Milan--Pretty Prizes is a chic New Wave-style mystery shot by British-born director Barnaby Clay, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and David Bowie.
For this multi-song video, the New York-based filmmaker has created a beguiling visual narrative to accompany the composer’s new album, bringing together Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and Brooklyn punk rockers Parquet Courts, who perform the music that appears in this snapshot of sex, death and decadence—conjuring a Milan that was known as ‘Milano da bere' (‘Drinking Milan’).
“A snapshot of sex, death and decadence”
By turns psychotic and insouciant, French actor and chanteuse Soko, who plays the lead in the narrative film, embodies the vibrancy and stylish superficiality of Milan’s hedonistic heyday, when the city was infamous for its wild and often reckless nightlife. Clay explains: “The whole video rests on the juxtaposition between the upbeat feel of the song and Soko’s laissez-faire performance in accompaniment to the music.”
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