Maya Rudolph stars in Natasha Lyonne’s short film for Kenzo

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Photography Tess Mayer

Published September 14, 2017

Last night, whip-smart, husky-voiced Orange is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne gathered her friends and celebrated her directorial debut with the premiere of Cabiria, Charity, Chastity—a short film for French fashion house Kenzo. The surrealist vaudevillian comedy stars Maya Rudolph (Lyonne’s close pal) as Chastity, a gibberish-speaking performer coming to terms with an unjust and inexplicable world. (A cast of clowns and some seriously fantastical fashion make appearances.) If it sounds odd, that’s because it is, and purposefully so.

“Somewhere I had acquired the information that [Bob] Fosse based Sweet Charity on [Federico] Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria,” Lyonne says. “The next thing I knew I was suddenly picturing Maya as the third part of this unwanted trilogy.”

“I’m a full-blown weirdo,” she continues. “Seeing this movie, it’s like I cracked open my skull. I always knew that those images were hiding and lurking and that things were that weird in there and now I have hard evidence to support my case, so it’s actually a relief.”

See the oddball short film below.