To hear writer/director Luca Guadagnino tell it, his appearance at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis next weekend is part movie talk, part therapy session. The “Call Me by Your Name” Oscar nominee, whose most recent movie was last year’s “Suspiria,” will be in conversation with his pal Scott Foundas, the former critic who heads up Amazon Studios...

Many of us spend the Halloween season revisiting our favorite horror movies or tracking down hidden gems. Often, our watch lists are filled with the familiar names of directors who have shaped the genre from North America: Carpenter, Craven, Cronenberg, Romero. But the release this weekend of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of “Suspiria” recalls another g...

In recent decades, Italy has been repeatedly considered the perfect set for a lot of unforgettable international cinematographic productions, due to its fascinating cities and gorgeous natural beauties spread across the country. Despite there are many Italian directors who decided to portrait our countrysuch as Vittorio De Sica or Federico Fellini,...

With the beautifully shot Call Me by Your Name on its way to being the film of the year with four Oscar nominations already, and the release of his re-make of Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria coming up in the fall, 2018 is shaping up to be the year of Luca Guadagnino’s consecration. The 47-year-old Italian filmmaker’s taste for complex love sto...

The love story of Elio and Oliver, the stars of the Oscar-nominated “Call Me By Your Name,” has shined a spotlight on the small Italian city of Crema, bringing with it a new crop of love-struck travelers aching for fantasy and romance. Tourism to the city with a population of 35,000 has spiked — a trend that's expected to continue as the weather he...

Bernardo Bertolucci and Luca Guadagnino hail from different generations, but both Italian directors have a bent for making sensual English-language films. And each knows what it’s like to be embraced by critics and audiences abroad but snubbed at home, as Bertolucci tells Variety in a rare interview. Perhaps that experience has helped fuel the two...

On the year’s biggest night for movies, there’s only one film that deserves to take home kudos for Best Picture, and that’s Call Me by Your Name. Other nominees for Best Picture include groundbreaking films that chronicle important pieces of history or pave the way for a more diverse future of cinema, but nothing quite measures up to director’s Luc...

The Italian filmmaker will be honored at the annual fest which takes place the week before the Academy Awards. The 13th Annual L.A. Italia Film Fest is returning to Hollywood. This year's event will pay tribute to Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and the film's producer Marco Morabito on March 2. The film will compete for four Academy...

The mother of a childhood friend of mine, now in her 90s, still lives in our small hometown, Crema, near Milan. A few months ago, she started to tell us about a young, charming American actor named Tim who would pick her up in the mornings to have coffee in the piazza. My friend was worried and a little embarrassed. “My mother has a vivid imaginati...

While the novel Call Me by Your Name takes place at the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1987, for the film adaptation, director Luca Guadagnino shifted Elio and Oliver's summer romance to 1983, around the time HIV was discovered. The disease, however, will be tackled head-on in the sequel, says Guadagnino, who hopes the awards contender is the first...