Guadagnino at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
10 August 1971|
|Alma mater||Sapienza University of Rome|
Luca Guadagnino (born 10 August 1971) is an Italian film director. He has collaborated a number of times with Tilda Swinton, on the films The Protagonists (1999), I Am Love (2010), A Bigger Splash (2015) and the upcoming Suspiria (2018), a remake of the 1977 film. For directing and producing Call Me by Your Name (2017), Guadagnino received widespread critical acclaim and several accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Nastro d'Argento for Best Director, and BAFTA Award for Best Direction.
Early life and education
Born in 1971 in Palermo, Italy, to a Sicilian father and an Algerian mother, Guadagnino spent his early childhood in Ethiopia, where his father taught history and Italian. He studied literature at the University of Palermo, and graduated from Sapienza University of Rome in the faculty of History and Critics of Cinema with a thesis on the American filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
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Guadagnino made his directorial debut with the feature film The Protagonists (1999), which was presented at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002, he directed Mundo Civilizado, presented at the Locarno Film Festival in 2003. His 2004 film Cuoco Contadino was presented at the Venice Film Festival, and Melissa P. made a successful debut the following year.
In 2009, he directed, wrote, and produced the cult hit I Am Love. Presented at a number of international festivals, the film was an immediate success with critics and audiences alike. In 2010, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.
In 2011, Guadagnino directed Inconscio Italiano, a feature-length documentary film presented at the Locarno Film Festival. His work in documentary continued with Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013), which was shown at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival and Paris Cinemathèque, and 50 other festivals in 2013 and 2014. Co-directed with Walter Fasano, the documentary was made entirely from archival material and received top international accolades.
As producer he realized the well-received short film Diarchia (2010), directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (who is Guadagnino's partner), which won the Pianifica prize at the Locarno Film Festival, received a special mention at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011, was nominated for Best Short Film at the European Film Awards, and won the prize for Best Director of a Short Film at the Nastri d'Argento. He also produced Filomarino's feature Antonia. in 2015.
In 2015, Guadagnino directed the erotic thriller A Bigger Splash, with Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. The film premiered at the 72nd Venice Film Festival where it was a selection for the main competition. Guadagnino's next film was Call Me by Your Name, an adaptation of André Aciman's novel of the same name, starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Filming took place in Crema, Italy, in May and June of 2016, and the film debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2017, and in the United States on 24 November.
In September 2015, Guadagnino announced at the 72nd Venice Film Festival his plans to direct a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria with the four principal actors of A Bigger Splash. Guadagnino will set his version in Berlin circa 1977—the year in which the original film was released—and will focus on "the concept [and…] uncompromising force of motherhood." On 23 November 2015, Guadagnino confirmed that Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson will appear in the movie; shooting began in Italy in October 2016, and concluded on 10 March 2017 in Berlin.
In May 2017, it was announced Guadagnino was attached to direct Rio from a screenplay by Steven Knight, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal to star. In November 2017, Michelle Williams joined the project.
In July 2017, it was announced Guadagnino was attached to direct a version of Swan Lake from a screenplay by Kristina Lauren Anderson, with Felicity Jones attached in the lead role. Universal Pictures will distribute. Furthermore, in December 2017, it was announced that he would direct Burial Rites, based on the 2013 novel of the same name, with Jennifer Lawrence producing and starring as Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman executed in Iceland.
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Guadagnino has served twice on the jury of the Torino Film Festival: in 2003 for the Short Film section and in 2006 for the Official Jury. In 2010, he was a member of the Venice Film Festival and in 2011 he served as president of the Beirut Film Festival and on the jury of the Locarno Film Festival.
Outside of film, he began working with the Italian fashion house Fendi in 2005 and in 2012 created Frenesy, a creative agency and production company that conceives and implements communications for luxury brands and produces fashion films, video and print advertising, and high-profile creative events.
Guadagnino headed the jury for Louis Vuitton's Journey Awards in 2012, an international competition dedicated to young filmmakers. He also participated as a jury member in the first edition of Fashion Film Festival Milano in 2014, chaired by Franca Sozzani, chief editor of Vogue Italia.
Guadagnino is openly gay. He lives and works in a 17th-century palazzo in the heart of Crema, a city forty minutes from Milan. As of 2017, he was dating Italian film director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, the second unit director of many of Guadagnino's films, and whose film Antonia, was produced by Guadagnino.
- The Protagonists (1999)
- Mundo civilizado (2003; documentary)
- Cuoco contadino (2004; documentary)
- Melissa P. (2005)
- The Love Factory No. 3 Pippo Delbono – Bisogna morire (2008; documentary)
- I Am Love (2009)
- Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013; documentary, co-directed with Walter Fasano)
- A Bigger Splash (2015)
- Call Me by Your Name (2017)
- Suspiria (2018)
- Qui (1997)
- L'uomo risacca (2000)
- Sconvolto così (2001)
- Lotus (2003 documentary)
- Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (2002; documentary)
- Part deux (2007)
- Here (2012) (15-minute Starwood Hotels ad)
- One Plus One (2012) (3.5-minute Giorgio Armani ad)
- Walking Stories (2013) (web Series/Ferragamo ads)
Awards and nominations
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