The polished rooms of a Milanese villa ignite with anxious activity as the wealthy industrial family, the Recchis, prepare to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch. It is an occasion designed to ensconce family traditions—the handsome grandson, Edoardo, introduces his new girlfriend; his sister presents another piece of her artwork to her grandfather; and the grandfather, knowing this is his last birthday, names the successor to his empire. As the refined familial machinations unfold, the woman of the house, Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton), skates along the tight seams of the family, exuding elegance and uncertain turbulence. Change is like a fog at sea that quickly consumes the land.
A feast for the senses, Luca Guadagnino’s magnificent film, I Am Love, possesses a vibrant and formally irreverent style that luminously articulates its themes of passion and constraint. Swinton turns in a stunning performance as the central muse of a tale about the irresistible draw of forbidden passion and the bittersweet victory of liberation from the constrictions of wealth and power. —Sundance Film Festival
Filmmaker and stage director, screenwriter and producer, Luca Guadagnino was born in Palermo in 1971. He graduated from La Sapienza University in Rome with a thesis on Jonathan Demme. In 1999, he made his first feature film The Protagonists, a strange film that defied categorization. The Protagonists was selected for Venice. Some years later he directed Mundo civilizado (2003), screened at Locarno. In 2004 he made Cuoco contadino, selected for the Cinema Digitale section at Venice. His following film, Melissa P. (2005), was a hit, despite arousing controversy. In 2009 he received international acclaim for I Am Love. His most recent film, Inconscio italiano (2011), is screening at Locarno this year in the section Fuori concorso. –Locarno Film Festival
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