BFI #LFF 2015: Director Luca Guadagnino talks A BIGGER SPLASH and SUSPIRIA

Director Luca Guadagnino attends the screening of A Bigger Splash, during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

Director Luca Guadagnino attends the screening of A Bigger Splash, during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 9, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI)

Six years after his sprawling and florid 2009 melodrama I AM LOVE, Italian Director Luca Guadagnino returns to the big screen with A BIGGER SPLASH, a starry remake of the French detective film LA PISCINE. 

A BIGGER SPLASH tells the story of a high profile couple whose vacation is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter, creating a whirlwind of jealously, passion and danger.

The film features an all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaterts and Dakota Johnson and also marks the return of longtime collaborator Tilda Swinton.

“It’s a movie about four people bound in an island, confronting their own deepest desires and the hard consequences these desires bring them” comments Director Luca Guadagnino

“You should expect a lot of music, a lot of energy and a lot of moral pressures.”

Speaking on the red carpet at the screening of A BIGGER SPLASH at the BFI London Film Festival, Guadagnino talks fondly of his time working on the project but admits the scene he enjoyed shooting most was actually cut from the film.

“We shot it in London at the Tate Gallery and it’s a scene that happens in front of the great painting by David Hockney, A Bigger Splash. It’s a beautiful scene but we ended up cutting it from the movie.”

The Italian director also spoke about his latest project, a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 Giallo classic SUSPIRIA, in which A BIGGER SPLASH star Dakota Johnson is also set to appear.

“It is a movie that is very important for my personal and filmmaking upbringing” comments Guadagnino.

“I saw it at 14 for the first time and it’s a movie that I’m going to use as a template for making something very wild and horrorific”

A BIGGER SPLASH is released in the UK on 12 February 2016

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