Luca Guadagnino (born 10 August 1971) is an Italian director.
Guadagnino is best known for his work on intimate, low-budget dramas. His 2009 film I Am Love brought him to greater international consciousness, which he then followed up with A Bigger Splash in 2015. Both films star Tilda Swinton, with whom he's a frequent collaborator.
His 2017 film Call Me by Your Name, based on the novel by Andre Aciman, is perhaps his most recognized and celebrated work to date. It was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), Best Original Song ("Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens), and won Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory).
Guadagnino followed the success of Call Me By Your Name with a remake of the 1977 Dario Argento horror film Suspiria, starring the aforementioned Swinton and Dakota Johnson, the latter of whom he also worked with in A Bigger Splash. He also has adaptations of Lord of the Flies (written by Patrick Ness), and Scarface (written by The Coen Brothers) in development.
[ D = Director; W = Writer; P = Producer; C = Creator ]
- The Protagonists (1999) DW
- Melissa P. (2005) DW
- I Am Love (2009) DWP
- Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013) P
- A Bigger Splash (2015) DP
- Call Me by Your Name (2017) DP
- Suspiria (2018) DP
- Lord of the Flies (TBD) D
- Scarface (TBD) D
He provides examples of:
- Ambiguously Brown: Guadagnino is half-Algerian on his mother's side, and identifies as partially Arab because of it. He's spoken about how his ethnic background made him feel like an outsider growing up in his native Italy. He also spent much of his childhood in Ethiopia, where his father taught history and Italian.
- Author Phobia: Guadagnino never learned how to swim, with the end result of bad things happening in or around pools in his films, such as Melissa being taken advantage of sexually near one in Melissa P., Edoardo dying after hitting his head on the poolside in I Am Love and Paul accidentally drowning Harry in A Bigger Splash. Call Me By Your Name averts this, and it has a much smaller pool than the previous examples.
- Benevolent Boss: Many actors have nothing but nice things to say about working with him, and he'll cook dinner for the cast and try his hardest to create a positive atmosphere on set.
- Production Posse: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, editor/co-writer Walter Fasano and cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (also a Production Posse of Thai director Apitchapong Weerasethakul).
- Thematic Series: His "Desire" trilogy of films, which is comprised of I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, and Call Me By Your Name.