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In a recent short film Jenna Elizabeth shot for Vs. Magazine and the luxury accessories firm Georg Jensen, which premiered Wednesday night at a screening party at the Soho Grand in New York City (where it was also shot), models Erin Wasson and Lydia Carron are depicted on what could very possibly be the worst date ever. Wasson (in a Givenchy dress lent by Ricardo Tisci) messily and deliberately tears into a bleeding steak and glares across an extended dining table at Carron, watching her choke for a good 20 seconds before administering the Heimlich maneuver. The film is titled after the life-saving technique. Its quietly eerie score was created by Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi of Stenfert Charles, who know a thing or two about tension, having previously scored “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Below the screen in the hotel’s Club Room, the same table was set for two, fireplace roaring, an empty duplicate.
“The restraint is what makes it seductive, [Wasson’s] face conveys so much. She takes this deliberate pause before choosing to pump [Carron’s] stomach — it’s the ultimate display of power, choosing to do something not because you had to, but because you felt like it,” Elizabeth explained. “I think it’s interesting to take elements that are traditionally mundane, something like the Heimlich — the directions for which are taped up in the backs of restaurants — and translate it to high fashion.”
At the film’s dénouement, Wasson retrieves a Georg Jensen silver chain strung with baubles from the younger models throat.
“In a way, it’s sort of the ultimate luxury, being able to literally consume jewelry,” Elizabeth laughed, “until you choke on it.”
Helena Christensen attended the fete, along with “Girls” star Alex Karpovsky, who should be familiar with inter-female drama by now.
“Good point,” the actor said, mouth pursed and eyes turned up at the screen. Wasson, who also recently sunk her teeth into a lead role in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” hosted the screening and was more laid back (and certainly less murderous) than her recent film portrayals. Was she at all concerned about being typecast as having a certain lack of concern for human life?
“I don’t know what it says about me,” Wasson grinned, “but it was a lot of fun.”