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New Directors/New Films '10 | Luca Guadagnino Directs Tilda Swinton Disrupt Her Privileged Family

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 29, 2010 at 4:10AM

In "I Am Love," third-time filmmaker Luca Guadagnino directs a film that highlights the breaking points of bourgeois culture. "Set in the haut bourgeois world of modern-day Milan, the film ushers us into the seemingly perfect world of sumptuous elegance inhabited by the Recchi dynasty, whose fortune is built on its successful textile manufacturing business. After the firm’s founder and patriarch transfers co-control of the company to his son Tancredi and grandson Edoardo. Tancredi’s wife, Emma (Tilda Swinton), feels pangs of empty-nest syndrome and a growing sense of living in a gilded cage - until she finds herself led down an unlikely path by unexpectedly stirring desire. This compelling yet oh-so restrained drama of the eternal conflict between family ties and personal fulfillment unfolds with dazzling visual style, propelled by John Adams’s distinctive staccato score." [Synopsis provided by ND/NF]
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In "I Am Love," third-time filmmaker Luca Guadagnino directs a film that highlights the breaking points of bourgeois culture. "Set in the haut bourgeois world of modern-day Milan, the film ushers us into the seemingly perfect world of sumptuous elegance inhabited by the Recchi dynasty, whose fortune is built on its successful textile manufacturing business. After the firm’s founder and patriarch transfers co-control of the company to his son Tancredi and grandson Edoardo. Tancredi’s wife, Emma (Tilda Swinton), feels pangs of empty-nest syndrome and a growing sense of living in a gilded cage - until she finds herself led down an unlikely path by unexpectedly stirring desire. This compelling yet oh-so restrained drama of the eternal conflict between family ties and personal fulfillment unfolds with dazzling visual style, propelled by John Adams’s distinctive staccato score." [Synopsis provided by ND/NF]

"I Am Love"
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Screenwriter: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, & Walter Fasano
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono, Alba Rohrwacher, Marisa Berenson
Producers: Luca Guadagnino, Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Usai, Francesco Melzi d’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Editor: Walter Fasano
Music: John Adams
120 minutes

Guadagnino introduces himself, making "I Am Love" and his filmmaking roots...

I am 38 years old, half algerian half sicilian, raised in Ethiopia. I love Jonathan Demme's filmmaking. I started to shoot my super8 home movies when I was seven. The beginning of my identity as a filmmaker began when I was 3 watching “Lawrence of Arabia” on my mother’s lap in a cinema in Addis Ababa.

I wanted to reproduce the aura and (hopefully) the intelligence of the great cinema of the '50s and '60s. That amazing cinematic language was and is pure cinema. To do a movie that was speaking that language. Usually I am satisfied at maximum 45% of my starting idea. This time I think we approached the 70% rate...

On the motivations behind filmmaking...

To be driven by the joy of living. To find the only right angle. To love and desire your performers and get the humanity out it.

On the production's challenges...

Finding the money. Filming Milano under snow in August. Walking in a wild hill full of vipers up in Liguria.

On "I am Love" and ND/NF audiences...

No idea. I hope they will, in any case.

On cinematic inspirations...

John Huston's “The Dead”. Pure masterpiece. We studied carefully the pace, the rhythm, the performances, the use of music and space.

Guadagnino's future projects...

I am producing a lot: the short film debut of Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, a brilliant 23 year old director, and “Suspiria” with one of the best directors of these last years David Gordon Green. In the meantime, I am looking for the most compelling movie to direct myself.

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