Floria Sigismondi has directed the latest video for David Bowie's new album, titled The Stars (Are Out Tonight).
In the form of a short film, the video for the second single from the 66-year old rocker's forthcoming album The Next Day features possibly-the-best-actress-in-the-world and Bowie-doppelganger Tilda Swinton and depicts "a twenty-first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide," according to Bowie.
This is the third time Sigismondi has collaborated with the singer, having directed Bowie's Little Wonder in 1996 and Dead Man Walking in 1997.
David Bowie and Tilda Swinton play a 50's style couple enjoying a typical suburban life (albeit exquisitely dressed) until they are preyed upon by a celebrity couple (supermodels Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw). These 'stars' cruelly antagonize this 'normal' pair as they invade the Bowie-Swinton psyches in a variety of guises – particularly transforming the beautifully androgenous Tilda into a figure eeriely like the singer (below). Norwegian Model Iselin Steiro also appears as a young David Bowie look-alike that lives next door.
Floria Sigismondi's directing credits include music videos for the likes of Bjork, Fiona Apple, Pink, and The White Stripes. Most recently she continued her work with Sigur Ros for their album Valtari with the video Leaning Towards Solace for The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, starring Dakota Fanning and John Hawkes (below). She's represented by Black Dog Films.