Posted on
Feb 26, 2024

Abigail attends the Milan Fashion Week

Abigail Cowen has attended the Missoni fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 on Saturday, February 24, in Milan, Italy. She has also attended a presentation for her brand Loro Piana earlier ahead of the fashion week. Check out photos and videos below:

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Posted on
Feb 17, 2024

Electra (2024) ‘SBIFF’ Movie Review

Abigail Cowen‘s upcoming feature film ‘Electra‘ has been screened at Santa Barbara International Film in February and reviews are in.

Hala Matar’s feature debut, “Electra,” has a loose-bodied, languid tone that rings with a sort of arch-pulpiness. There are hushed whispers of plotting and characters keeping secrets from one another as Matar constructs a tale of vengeance, manipulation, and disguise. Identities are rolled under a sheath in pursuit of punishment, spiked with a constant touch of the mischievously performative.

The art of performing and concealing is on ample display in the film that Matar has co-written with Daryl Wein and Paul Sado. Wein plays a journalist, Dylan, who arrives in Rome to profile Milo, a musician whose recent career streak has been spotty. Milo is a rampant womanizer, and Dylan has brought his girlfriend along, Lucy (Abigail Cowen), to ease the conversation. Milo’s girlfriend, Francesa (Maria Bakalova), a performance artist looking to make a big splash, pops into the picture. On Milo’s insistence, Francesca invites them to a country house.

However, not everything is what it seems. Agendas bubble to the surface as revelations erupt. A portrait plays a key role in the machinations devised by Dylan. The film hinges on the discovery, so divulging any more of what transpires might skate into spoiler territory. Matar invokes a rich sense of history through the architecture and all the portraits lining the walls of the house.

Admittedly, the film does strain credibility with the pivotal uncovering aspect. But those reservations can be put at bay somewhat considering how reckless Milo is, utterly unmindful in his relationships. As freely he ropes strangers into his intimate trust, he discards them with equal abandon and carelessness. Milo has largely faded from the public eye, hurtling through his days like a spent wreck. Francesca hovers around him on his promise that he will enable her shot at fame. But Francesca is too blazing a force to be bent into due submission. Although he has deceived her aplenty, she makes sure her presence and impact aren’t dimmed by him.

Cowen and Bakalova are terrific together, both light and easy around each other. The two play women, who go along with the men’s whims but slowly reveal flashes of glorious assertion and defiance.

“Electra” frequently lurches to the wacky and surreal, halting narrative to make way for intermezzo-like breaks amidst the chapter divisions that present themselves as consciously heightened. It’s in particularly these moments where characters tease each other or just let their hair down that the film finds its spark. When Matar digs into the deceit bits, the film develops a strongly palpable flab. Yet, the minute the film teeters dangerously close to heavy-handed gestures, distractingly underlined beats in etching the unraveling, and over-pronounced jabs into authentic intention, Matar manages to rein it in with a distinctive, trippy, and light-footed rhythm.


Posted on
Feb 11, 2024

Hala Matar’s ‘Electra’ world premieres, at this year’s Santa Barbara IFF

And is worth a watch.

Bahraini filmmaker Hala Matar’s Electra tells the story of a couple of con artists who pose as journalists to gain access to a wealthy young couple’s prized possession.

If you needed any more reasons to watch Electra — which won’t disappoint with its Roman setting and Valentino accessories but also its cool story of power and the means some are willing to go to in order to obtain it — the film also stars young British actor Jack Farthing as a rockstar, which is simply perfect casting for the Spencer and The Lost Daughter star.

And the Oscar nominated Bulgarian thespian Maria Bakalova as the rockstar’s rich girlfriend. Because another thing Hala Matar does beautifully is cast her films, with stars and cool actors, like Daryl Wein (the film’s co-writer and co-producer) himself, who inhabit her stories and bring them to life. This is the same woman who got Chloë Sevigny to star in her first short film.

The Santa Barbara IFF runs from February 7th to the 17th, and also features special awards sessions for Bradley Cooper and Mark Ruffalo, among many more celebrities of today, and tomorrow.



Posted on
Nov 7, 2023

Clarins Exclusive Dinner in Malibu

Abigail Cowen attends the Clarins exclusive dinner at Nobu Malibu on November 03, 2023 in Malibu, California. Abigail was joined by Lucas Petry, Brittny Button, Ari Fournier, Jenny Watwood throughout the event. Enjoy the pictures below.

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