‘We Are Who We Are’ Director Luca Guadagnino Is aware of a Remedy for Melancholy

‘We Are Who We Are’ Director Luca Guadagnino Knows a Cure for Melancholy

THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC Luca Guadagnino close to his dwelling in Milan.


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Within the 20 Odd Questions sequence, we interview leaders in movie, style, music and different artistic fields about their favourite pastimes, present obsessions and most indelible reminiscences. Earlier installments are right here.

FILMMAKERS KNOW the ability of a close-up, and Luca Guadagnino has created iconic ones: lovelorn Timothée Chalamet on the finish of the 2017 movie “Call Me By Your Name” involves thoughts, or a blue-eyed Tilda Swinton in a climactic second in 2015’s “A Bigger Splash.” When the 49-year-old director seems up shut himself by way of a Zoom name from Spain, he appears ebullient and astute, regardless of lop-sided glasses (“Ahh, I broke them this week!”) and an intense day of actions because the president of the San Sebastián Movie Pageant jury. “Right now I’m immersed in discovery,” he mentioned. That pleasure is tough gained for Mr. Guadagnino, who spent spring quarantined in Milan, misplaced his father in Could and noticed his relationship dissolve. “My dear, I am helpless—my partner of 11 years left me and I have a crush on him, still.”

But there may be a lot to have fun. His well timed HBO miniseries “We Are Who We Are” focuses on two teenagers questioning their gender orientation, however transcends coming-of-age tropes: All of the characters grapple with social and racial pressures inside the confines of an American army base in Italy. Subsequent, the Palermo-born director has been tapped to direct “Scarface” from a Coen brothers’ script and can develop “Lord of the Flies” for Warner Bros. These aren’t “remakes,” insists Mr. Guadagnino, mentioning that each earlier takes on “Scarface,” by Howard Hawks and Brian De Palma, “exist in their own legendary space.” Right here, Mr. Guadagnino shares his teenage obsessions, favourite lodges and the menu for his final supper.

The filmmaker along with his most popular masks.


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Once I was a young person, I used to: hang around alone. I used to be principally considering, daydreaming, watching folks, watching films and studying books.

My first crush ever was: Jeff Bridges in “Starman.” He’s bare and he’s curious and wandering round—that was wonderful. It’s a fantastic masterpiece from John Carpenter.

My favourite music at 16 was: Kate Bush. Her songs “Cloudbusting” and “Eat the Music” are incredible.

My mother was: a fierce lady and really protecting of her household, with a sort of overprotectiveness that was good. For instance, once I gave a catalog of Robert Mapplethorpe photos to a classmate turning 18, her mom referred to as my mother screaming that it was pornography, that she was going to throw it within the rubbish. My mother mentioned, “Well, that is a great art book, so please send it to us because we want it in our library!”

Jordan Kristine Seamón (left) and Jack Dylan Grazer in ‘We Are Who We Are,’ a tv miniseries directed and co-created by Luca Guadagnino


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A lodge I’d most prefer to quarantine in is: the Bristol in Paris or Claridge’s in London. I do know it’s a rarefied setting and I really feel fortunate to go however I’ve constructed a relationship with folks there that I like.

An island I’d escape to is: Smögen, off the coast of Sweden.

A seashore I like is: None. I hate the warmth; I don’t like crowds. I’m not relaxed being out bare within the public air; seashores aren’t for me.

Essentially the most memorable meal I’ve had this 12 months was: most likely the one I’ll have at Mugaritz [just outside] San Sebastián tomorrow but additionally my meal at Ristorante Reale in Abruzzo. [Chef] Niko Romito celebrated his 20th anniversary there with a menu of 20 dishes. The meal progressed from spaghetti with tomato to his incredible aubergine.

A taste of sorbet that I significantly like is: tangerine. I just like the tanginess that’s well-balanced by the aroma of the peel, which isn’t too tangy. It’s refreshing and on the identical time a style of winter.

Clockwise from prime left: Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin; Slavoj Žižek’s ‘Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle’; carrots marinated with kombucha at Mugaritz; Franz Marc’s ‘The Dream’ at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; the Swedish island of Smögen; Karen Allen and Jeff Bridges in 1984’s ‘Starman.’

A film I’ve seen no less than thrice is: any movie by Jonathan Demme.

The ebook I re-read occasionally is: “Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle” by Slavoj Žižek. At the least most just lately.

My final meal on earth can be: bread and milk. Or to be extra exact: Michetta, a white crusty bread which employees in Milan eat on breaks. I’d break the michetta right into a bowl of sizzling entire milk and possibly add espresso.

A favourite cocktail is: gin and tonic with Monkey 47 gin. I’m a bit old style.

My present design obsession is: something from Eugène Printz [the late French furniture designer]. That’s what I’m in love with. I don’t personal any however possibly someday I’ll. I do have an exquisite sq. poker desk with 4 chairs by Guglielmo Ulrich.

When the U.S. border reopens, the primary metropolis I’ll go to is likely to be: Los Angeles—at any time when I’m going there, I’m going to Sushi Park. However it’s a toss-up. I’ve solely been to New Orleans as soon as, however I like it. Or New York: I stroll in Central Park each time I’m there.

Armie Hammer (left) and Timothee Chalamet in Mr. Gaudagnino’s 2017 ‘Call Me By Your Name.’


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European cities I like embody: Munich and Stockholm. I’m typically in London and Paris for work and for friendships.

The final memorable dawn I noticed was: once we drove all evening throughout the lockdown from Milano to Sicily to shoot a brief movie referred to as ‘Fiori, Fiori, Fiori!,’ or ‘Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!’ My crew traveled by means of the vacancy of Italy, after which at 3:00 within the morning I fell asleep. Once I woke, we had arrived on the finish of Italy earlier than taking the boat to Sicily; life felt suspended. It was a really magical and eerie however life-affirming second.

A museum I’d prefer to revisit is: Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. I spent six months in Madrid in 2004 and went there lots. I used to be fairly alone and a bit unhappy in that interval of my life, and each time I went I felt cured of my melancholy. I ponder if I ought to return there now. —Edited from an interview by Donna Bulseco

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