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MIHARAYASUHIRO, Paolo Roversi and Studio WOW "Ophelia Has a Dream" Short Film

Often considered the renegades of Victorian era art, the Pre-Raphaelites were known for seeking spiritual integrity in their craft and often infused works with natural imagery, bright colors, optimistic realism and themes of innocence. Tate Britain’s “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde” exhibition recently served as the backdrop for MIHARAYASUHIRO‘s short film “Ophelia Has a Dream,” a feature he produced with photographer Paolo Roversi and visual design studio WOW. Inspired by John Everett Millais’ painting Ophelia, the film depicts the tragic last moments of Shakespeare’s heroine amidst a shroud of butterflies and flower petals, and is intended to provoke thoughts of “eternal existence and transience of real life.” The unpredictablity of life itself is an idea close to MIHARAYASUHIRO’s heart — in 2011, the natural disasters that beset Japan were, for the designer and many others, reminders of human vulnerability and the power of nature. Yet, as tragic as its inspirations are, “Ophelia Has a Dream” is never less than optimistic and was created to serve as a “requiem for those lost in the disaster, and as a symbol of renewal and hope.” Watch this beautifully-produced short film above and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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