34 Facts About Luca Guadagnino


Luca Guadagnino's films are characterized by their emotional complexity, sensuality, and sumptuous visuals.


Luca Guadagnino is known for his frequent collaborations with actors Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg, editor Walter Fasano and screenwriter David Kajganich.


Luca Guadagnino began his career directing short films and documentaries.


Luca Guadagnino made his feature-film debut with The Protagonists, the first of his many collaborations with Swinton.


Luca Guadagnino's follow-up Melissa P, based on the book of Melissa Panarello, was a commercial success in Italy but was met with mixed critical reception.


Luca Guadagnino has directed several documentaries including Bertolucci on Bertolucci and Salvatore: The Shoemaker of Dreams.


Luca Guadagnino was born on 10 August 1971 in Palermo to an Italian father from Canicatti, Sicily, and an Algerian mother who grew up in Casablanca.


Luca Guadagnino spent his early childhood in Ethiopia, where his father taught history and Italian literature at a technical school in Addis Ababa.


Luca Guadagnino became interested in filmmaking from around the age of nine, and started making amateur films after receiving a Super 8 camera from his mother.


Luca Guadagnino developed a passion for cinema in earnest during adolescence and programmed VHS recordings of films shown on television.


Luca Guadagnino resigned his membership after a dispute with the newspaper editor, over the content of one of his interviews.


Luca Guadagnino then transferred to the Sapienza University of Rome and completed his degree in literature and cinema history, with a thesis on the American filmmaker Jonathan Demme.


Luca Guadagnino made his directorial debut with the feature film The Protagonists, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.


In 2011, Luca Guadagnino directed Inconscio Italiano, a feature-length documentary film presented at the Locarno Film Festival.


In 2015, Luca Guadagnino produced Filomarino's debut feature film Antonia, a biopic about Italian poet Antonia Pozzi.


In 2015, Luca Guadagnino directed the second installment of the Desire Trilogy, erotic thriller A Bigger Splash, with Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson.


In September 2015, Luca Guadagnino announced at the 72nd Venice Film Festival his plans to direct a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria.


In May 2017, it was announced Luca Guadagnino was attached to direct Rio from a screenplay by Steven Knight, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal to star.


However, as was revealed in a profile for The New Yorker, the timing did not work out and Luca Guadagnino subsequently left the project.


In January 2019, it was announced Luca Guadagnino had directed The Staggering Girl a short film, starring Julianne Moore, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller, KiKi Layne, Mia Goth and Alba Rohrwacher.


Luca Guadagnino wrote and directed We Are Who We Are an 8-episode limited series for HBO, starring Chloe Sevigny, Kid Cudi, Alice Braga, Jack Dylan Grazer, Spence Moore II, Jordan Kristine Seamon, Faith Alabi, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor and Sebastiano Pigazzi.


On 14 May 2020, Variety announced that Antoine Fuqua was no longer directing the Scarface remake and that Luca Guadagnino signed on to direct the film with the script still being written by the Coen brothers as previously confirmed.


Luca Guadagnino is attached to direct multiple projects including Burial Rites, based on the 2013 novel of the same name, with Jennifer Lawrence producing and starring as Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman executed in Iceland, for TriStar Pictures, and a biographical film about Hollywood hustler Scotty Bowers.


Luca Guadagnino expressed interest and is planning a sequel to Call Me by Your Name.


Luca Guadagnino is attached to direct an adaption of Lord of the Flies, with Patrick Ness adapting the book for Warner Bros.


Luca Guadagnino is in talks with the Kubrick estate about possibly directing Stanley Kubrick's unrealized Holocaust project Aryan Papers.


Luca Guadagnino is set to produce an Italian movie titled Diciannove.


Luca Guadagnino is set to direct a film adaptation of William S Burroughs novel Queer with Daniel Craig in the lead.


Luca Guadagnino has served twice on the jury of the Torino Film Festival: in 2003 for the Short Film section and in 2006 for the Official Jury.


Luca Guadagnino headed the jury for Louis Vuitton's Journey Awards in 2012, an international competition dedicated to young filmmakers.


Luca Guadagnino participated as a jury member in the first edition of Fashion Film Festival Milano in 2014, chaired by Franca Sozzani, chief editor of Vogue Italia.


Luca Guadagnino usually has a long standing group of actors and crew who participate on most of his work.


Rohrwacher has appeared in The Staggering Girl as well as in the Luca Guadagnino produced short Diarchia.


From 2009 to 2020, Luca Guadagnino was in a relationship with Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.