Luca Guadagnino Biography

(Director & Producer Best Known for His Film 'Call Me by Your Name')

Birthday: April 12, 1971 (Aries)

Born In: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Luca Guadagnino is an Italian film director, screenwriter, and producer. His best work till date is ‘Call Me by Your Name’, a romantic drama that earned him several accolades, including an Academy Award nomination. Known for his visually arresting style, he has collaborated several times with actress Tilda Swinton. Their collaborations include the films ‘I Am Love’ and ‘A Bigger Splash’ among many others. Born in Palermo to an Algerian mother and a Sicilian father, Guadagnino spent most of his childhood in Ethiopia. He attended the University of Palermo where he studied literature and later on graduated from Sapienza University in Rome. Guadagnino made his directorial debut in 1999 with the feature ‘The Protagonists’. Since then, he has directed several feature films, short films, documentaries, etc. Outside of the film industry, he has worked with the renowned fashion house Fendi. On a personal note, he is openly gay and has been involved with a few famous men.

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Italian Celebrities Born In April

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males

Born Country: Italy

Directors Screenwriters

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Notable Alumni: Best Known For Directing And Producing “Call Me By Your Name”, Sapienza University Of Rome

City: Palermo, Italy

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education: Sapienza University Of Rome, Best Known for Directing and Producing “Call Me by Your Name”

Childhood & Early Life
Luca Guadagnino was born on 10 August 1971, in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, to a Sicilian father who worked as a history professor. His mother is Algerian.
He attended the University of Palermo and then went on to graduate from Sapienza University from the faculty of History and Critics of Cinema.
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Luca Guadagnino made his directorial debut in 1999 when he directed a feature film titled ‘The Protagonists’ which opened at the Venice Film Festival. A year later, he directed the short film ‘L'uomo risacca’. This was followed by the documentary ‘Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory’ which released in 2002.
In 2003, he directed 'The Making of Lotus'. After this, his 2004 film ‘Cuoco Contadino’ premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2005, Guadagnino co-wrote and directed ‘Melissa P.’ and also began working for Fendi, an Italian fashion house. In the year 2006, he served on the jury of the Torino Film Festival in the Official Jury section.
This was followed by his contributions to the short films 'Part Deux' and 'Delfinasia', both of which were released in 2007.
He next came up with 'The Love Factory No. 3 Pippo Delbono – Bisogna morire', a documentary he wrote, produced and directed in 2008.
In 2009, Guadagnino wrote, produced, and directed the cult hit ‘I Am Love’. Starring Pippo Delbono, Tilda Swinton, and Gabriele Ferzetti, the film was an instant success with the audiences and critics alike.
The talented director became a member of the Venice Film Festival in 2010. He also produced the well-received short film ‘Diarchia’ the same year.
His projects for 2011 included ‘Inconscio Italiano’, documentary film that was presented at the Locarno Film Festival. Also, that year, Guadagnino debuted as an opera director at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Italy.
In 2012, he launched Frenesy, a production company and creative agency that conceives and implements communication processes for luxury brands and also works on fashion films, high-profile creative events, and video and print advertising.
Guadagnino’s contribution to documentary filmmaking continued with his next release ‘Bertolucci on Bertolucci’ in 2013. The documentary was screened at about 50 festivals during 2013 and 2014, including the Venice Film Festival, Paris Cinemathèque, and the London Film Festival.
In 2014, he served as the associate producer of the documentary ‘Belluscone: A Sicilian Story’. This was followed by the erotic thriller flick ‘A Bigger Splash’ which he directed.
In 2016, Guadagnino produced the documentary ‘Ombre dal fondo. A year later, he was roped in to direct Steven Knight’s adaption ‘Rio’. However, it was later revealed that he left the project after Michelle Williams joined it.
Guadagnino next directed and produced a remake of Dario Argento's ‘Suspiria’ in 2018. Set in Berlin circa 1977, the movie focused on the uncompromising force of motherhood. Presented at the 75th Venice Film Festival, ‘Suspiria’ received generally positive reviews.
He then came up with his release ‘The Staggering Girl’, a short film. Produced and directed by Guadagnino, the flick starred Julianne Moore, Marthe Keller, Kyle MacLachlan, KiKi Layne, Alba Rohrwacher, and Mia Goth.
Major Works
In 2017, Luca Guadagnino directed and produced the coming-of-age romantic drama ‘Call Me by Your Name’. Starring Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Armie Hammer, it was an adaptation of André Aciman's novel. The flick premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. It garnered four Academy Award nominations, including one for the Best Picture.
Family & Personal Life
Luca Guadagnino is homosexual. As of 2017, he was in a relationship with film director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.
He is fluent in Italian, French, and English.
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