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Guadagnino, Valentino, & Moore: A Terrific Trio

Luca Guadagnino, fresh off his take of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, is teaming up with the creative director of Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli for a yet named short film inspired by haute couture, art, and the journey of a woman. Julianne Moore is that woman, also joined by Kyle MacLachlan, Mia Goth, Kiki Layne, Marthe Keller, and Alba Rohrwacher.

Julianne Moore staring in Luca Guadagnino

Variety reports that the 35-minute film portrays different chapters in a woman’s life through the prism of her connection with her mother. Before you think to yourself that this is just another high priced, long form commercial, full stop; Guadagnino says “it’s an art movie in which haute couture becomes part of the narrative…” Moore’s character, Francesca, is a writer living in New York who has to return to Rome, to take care of her mother. Her mother, a painter will be played at different stages by Keller, most recently seen in The Romanoffs and Goth, who was part of the cast of Guadagnino’s Suspiria. Layne, from If Beale Street Could Talk, plays a very important part in Francesca’s journey. MacLachlan plays quite a few parts; in fact, he is playing all the male characters in the film. “Fathers, lovers, servants,” Guadagnino is quoted as saying.

Luca Guadagnino at the Internationale Filmfestsiele Berlin, Germany.

In a way that evokes many of you to probably think of the directing styles of David Lynch and Christopher Nolan, the story has many sequences layered on top of each other as opposed to just another flashback. The screenwriter, Michael Mitnick has said he is playing with stream-of-consciousness stylizing as “a way to capture the feel of memory on film.”

What I find most interesting about this project is the care that seems to be taken care of with the storyline and what brings you back to remembering things in your life. It may be a scent, a place, or an article of clothing. Is this film something you might be interested in seeing? While Guadagnino wants to bring it to International film festivals and release in several countries, I do hope that the States is one of them. If the beauty of both Suspiria and Call Me By Your Name is any consideration, this is a film that should be enjoyed by many a film and art lover.


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Written by J.C. Hotchkiss

J.C. Hotchkiss is a Office Manager by day and Managing News Editor for 25YL Site the other 16 hours of the day. In her most recent article for 25YL, she delves into whether Special Agent Dale Cooper (the best written television character of all time, in her eyes), is Laura Palmer's Dream Man. When she isn’t writing of her love of FBI Agents with a penchant for doughnuts, coffee and pie, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, sipping a damn fine glass of wine among friends, and trying to keep up with the latest cartoon craze via her 5 1/2 year old. She lives smack in the middle of the Big Apple and Beantown, so for a girl with many different interests and tastes it's the perfect place to be.

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