Five Things You Didn’t Know About Luca Guadagnino

The connection between directors and actors is one of the most important in filmmaking. Having a fluid, cooperative, and shared vision of a production is one of the most essential factors in creating a great movie. Often, it is difficult to achieve this type of connection. Some directors, however, seem to have a special relationship with certain actors which leads to numerous amazing films. Such is the case with the highly talented director Luca Guadagnino, who often collaborates with Tilda Swinton.

Guadagnino is an accomplished director with credits in film, short film, and even advertising. His work is some of the most artistic and moving that a viewer could watch. His latest release, Call Me by Your Name, has received universal acclaim from critics. For those wondering who Guadagnino is as a person, here are five of the most interesting facts about the director.

5. He is very interested in fashion 

Obviously, making extraordinary films is the primary focus of Guadagnino’s career. However, that does not mean that he has tunnel vision. In fact, he is also heavily involved in the fashion industry. He even created a production agency called Frenesy which produces advertisements and communication materials for fashion lines. As well, he has served as a jury member for several fashion line-sponsored awards shows.

4. He is very cultured 

Guadagnino brings a unique blend of artistry to filmmaking, a skill which was no doubt aided by his upbringing. He was born in Italy to an Algerian mother and Sicilian father. However, he actually spent most of his early childhood in a completely different culture. He spent these years in Ethiopia, where his father was a teacher. Having been submerged in two unique cultures is likely one of the reasons why Guadagnino’s films have such a distinctive voice and appeal.

3. He is well educated 

Most individuals working in the entertainment industry tend to have an education in their own field. Guadagnino, on the other hand, has had a much more diverse education. Instead of merely studying filmmaking, he has deepened his understanding of other subjects as well. At the University of Palermo, he studied literature. He would go on to graduate from Sapienza University of Rome where he completed his thesis on director Jonathan Demme.

2. He is openly gay 

While much is made about the plight of LGBT actors, many people do not realize that there are many directors in the gay community who have also had to fight their way to success. Guadagnino is openly gay, making him one of the most notable directors in the LGBT community. With more talented and passionate individuals like Guadagnino making their way to the top of the film industry, hopefully greater levels of equality will finally be achieved.

1. He has worked with Tilda Swinton numerous times 

Guadagnino and Swinton have forged an incredible relationship that has resulted in many incredible movies. Incredibly, they have collaborated on films four times throughout their careers, with the fourth set to be released in 2018. These films are: The Protagonists, I Am Love, A Bigger Splash, and Suspiria. Their ongoing collaborations continue to be remarkable, and fans likely have many more to look forward to.

Luca Guadagnino is one of the most talented, passionate, and underrated directors working today. He is highly educated and has interests in other industries as well. The most notable aspect of his career, other than the quality of his films themselves, has been his frequent collaborations with Tilda Swinton.


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