Suspiria (2018 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Luca Guadagnino|
|Screenplay by||David Kajganich|
|Music by||Thom Yorke|
|Edited by||Walter Fasano|
|Budget||$10 million|
Suspiria is an upcoming supernatural horror film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by David Kajganich. It is a reboot of the 1977 film of the same name by Dario Argento. The film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz. Harper starred in the original film, and has been cast here in a different role. The lead singer of Radiohead, Thom Yorke, is composing the film's score.
Principal photography took place in Varese, Italy from October to December 2016, and in Berlin from February to March 2017. Suspiria will have its world premiere[update] at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2018. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 2, 2018, by Amazon Studios.
Susie Bannion travels to Markos Dance Academy in Berlin, after which the artistic director, Madame Blanc, becomes fascinated with her dancing skills. After a series of mysterious disappearances among the students, Susie, her new friend Sara, and the elderly psychologist Jozef Klemperer find out the school may harbor dark secrets that could kill them all.
- Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion
- Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc
- Mia Goth as Sara
- Lutz Ebersdorf as Dr. Jozef Klemperer
- Jessica Harper as Anke
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Patricia Hingle
- Angela Winkler as Miss Tanner
- Ingrid Caven as Miss Vendegast
- Elena Fokina as Olga
- Sylvie Testud as Miss Griffith
- Renée Soutendijk as Miss Huller
- Christine LeBoutte
- Fabrizia Sacchi
- Małgosia Bela as Mother
- Vanda Capriolo
- Brigitte Cuvelier
A remake of Suspiria (1977) was originally announced in 2008 by director David Gordon Green, who had co-written a script with his sound designer. Green cast Isabelle Huppert and Janet McTeer, as well as Isabelle Fuhrman. However, according to Green, conflicts with the studio financing the production resulted in the project being scrapped.
In September 2015, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, the filmmaker Luca Guadagnino announced plans to direct a "remake" of Dario Argento's Suspiria with the four main actors of his film A Bigger Splash (2015), which had premiered at the festival. Guadagnino revealed that his version was to be set in Berlin circa 1977 (the year in which the original film was release), and would focus thematically on "the uncompromising force of motherhood." Guadagnino has since said explicitly that the film is not a remake, but is instead an "homage" to the "powerful emotion" he felt when he first watched the original film.
On November 23, 2015, Guadagnino confirmed that Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson had been cast in the film and that shooting was scheduled to begin in August 2016, with release set for 2017. In October 2016, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mia Goth were cast in supporting parts, alongside Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler, Małgosia Bela, Lutz Ebersdorf, and Fabrizia Sacchi. Jessica Harper, who played Suzy Bannion in the original film, also joined the cast.
In March 2017, photographs of a seemingly old man spotted on the film's set surfaced online, identifying the man as Swinton in heavy makeup. In February 2018, Guadagnino said that the man was not Swinton but in fact a German actor named Lutz Ebersdorf in his screen debut, who plays a psychoanalyst named Jozef Klemperer in the film and is a psychoanalyst himself. IndieWire questioned the veracity of Guadagnino's statement because of Ebersdorf's lack of online presence. The film's casting director and executive producer Stella Savino responded to IndieWire, saying "the character of Dr. Klemperer has been played by Professor Lutz Ebersdorf, a psychoanalyst and not at all a professional actor", because Guadagnino "desperately wanted a real psychoanalyst" for the role.
Principal photography began in Varese, Italy on October 31, 2016. The Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori served as a stand-in for Markos Dance Academy. Filming also took place at the Palazzo Estense. Photography took place primarily in Varese from October to December 2016, before moving to Berlin, where it continued from February to March 2017. Like its predecessor, Suspiria was shot on 35mm film stock. Principal photography completed in Berlin on March 10, 2017.
The film entered post-production on March 15, 2017. In contrast to the original, Guadagnino's film has no primary colours in its palette. Guadagnino described the film's look as "winter-ish, evil, and really dark." Radiohead singer Thom Yorke composed the film's score.
Suspiria will hold its world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on November 2, 2018. A scene from the film was screened during a luncheon at the 2018 CinemaCon in Las Vegas; it was reported that the footage was so intense it reportedly "traumatized" those present. The scene presented featured Dakota Johnson in character performing in a ballet studio for her demanding instructor, played by Tilda Swinton, intercut with scenes of another woman in that same studio at a different time whose body is being contorted and mangled by every movement Johnson makes. Peter Scrietta of SlashFilm described the scene as "Very gruesome and hard to watch. This film will make most people feel uneasy."
The film's first teaser trailer was released on June 4, 2018. io9 writer Charles Pulliam-Moore opined that the trailer was "incredibly refreshing" as it allows the viewer to "just bask in the confusing, terrifying weirdness of what the new Suspiria is trying to pull off." Adam Chitwood of Collider also praised the trailer's art direction, saying it is more focused on "telegraphing the creepy atmosphere that Guadagnino has conjured, and indeed it feels as though the filmmaker went back to the 1970s and made this film then."
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