Luca Guadagnino on ‘Call Me by Your Name’

“I think about the unconscious.” Luca Guadagnino tells us over the phone. “I think my gaze goes where my desire wants to go. I don’t rationalise technique upon which I make my own films. I always try to be in the situation that makes me the most comfortable.”

We’re chatting with the Italian director Luca Guadagnino – in Milan at the time of our call – about his latest film, Call Me by Your Name, based on the beloved 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. The director is best known for features like I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, though his newest one doesn’t feature those films’ star, frequent collaborator Tilda Swinton. She’ll be back soon enough, however, as Guadagnino’s next movie is already in post-production: a remake of Dario Argento’s fantasy-horror classic Suspiria, led by Dakota Johnson and co-starring Swinton, with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke composing the score.

Guadagnino’s already got prior remake form, with A Bigger Splash having been one of the 1969 film La Piscine, and the prospect of a filmmaker behind a string of vibrant, erotically charged movies reimagining one of cinema’s most visually and aurally distinctive horror films makes this one of the more exciting remake prospects in a while. Unsurprisingly, though, Guadagnino’s a little tight-lipped on that movie for now: “Well, we are in quite an early stage. I’m very happy with the movie, I can tell you”…

Full interview for The Skinny

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