Luca Guadagnino Channels French, Italian Masters
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name transcends the easy stereotyping of genre, achieving a truly universal story of love, desire and the complicated ways they intertwine in a poignant coming-of-age story. Guadagnino was nominated for a Golden Globe for I Am Love, a sweeping portrait of emotional angst in an Italian dynasty starring Tilda Swinton. With Call Me By Your Name he immerses us equally in the languid atmosphere of an Italian countryside summer and the irresistible emotional undercurrents of that placid setting. A bravura piece of filmmaking, which harkens to the masters of European auteur cinema. We asked him about it.