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Io Sono L'Amore

120 min.
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Tilda Swinton
Flavio Parenti
Edoardo Gabbriellini
Alba Rohrwacher
Pippo Delbono
Diane Fleri
Maria Paiato
Marisa Berenson
Waris Ahluwalia
Gabriele Ferzetti
Martina Codecasa
Mattia Zaccaro
Production Company:
First Sun
Berlinale Section:
Culinary Cinema
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Emma is the trophy wife of an Italian textile maker. She shines in her roll, instructing servants and organizing high society meetings and parties. The fact that she lives in a cage only becomes clear to her by watching the development of her two children. Her daughter, who studies in England, falls in love with a woman and is ready to break free of her predestined path. On top of that, her son brings a cook home whom he loves platonically. Emma is sent into ecstasy by the magical feast the cook makes for the aristocratic family … Her feelings for the cook bloom like buds of the very first springtime.

This emotional drama is the third time Tilda Swinton has worked with director Luca Guadagnino. He wrote the roll of Emma especially for her. Tilda Swinton is a two time TE DDY AWARD winner (1988 and 2008).

“The camera hugs the actors, telling the story through the smallest details and gestures”, raves the Hollywood Reporter. The music of the renowned opera composer John Adams makes actors and pictures float through rooms, streets and landscapes. Variety compares the director with Hitchcock and Visconti.

Luca Guadagnino deliberated for a long time whether to become a cook or a film maker. As a film maker he follows the rules of good cuisine and prepares his work very thoroughly. He has been working with Tilda Swinton since 1999. In his documentary CUOCO CONTADINO (Peasant Cook, 2005), he explores the gastronomy and region of Sanremo. The heavenly hills above the Mediterranean Sea are the setting for the second act, in which Emma and Antonio passionately make love.

The third act of IO SONO L’AMORE describes a radically changing world. The wealth, the family and the rituals of power all fall apart. What remains is pain, separation, the scent of summer and loving freedom.

BIOGRAFIE Luca Guadagnino

Born in Palermo, Italy in 1971, he is a director, screenwriter and producer who gained international renown with his film Io sono l’amore (I am Love) which premiered at Venice, was nominated for a Golden Globe and screened in the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section in 2010. He also works as a director for documentaries and opera. In 2012 he founded the Frenesy Film production company.

FILMOGRAFIE Luca Guadagnino (selection)

2020 Fiori, fiori, fiori   2020 Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams   2019 The Staggering Girl   2018 Suspiria  2017 Call Me by Your Name  2015 A Bigger Splash  2013 Bertolucci on Bertolucci  2009 Io Sono L'Amore  2005 Melissa P  2004 Cuoco Contadino  2002 Mundo Civilizado  1999 The Protagonists 

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