Actress, Guadagnino hope to remake 1958 hit

Tilda Swinton is on the Lido wearing a double hat: as star and producer of Italo helmer Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love,” a Milan-set social melodrama that takes their longstanding collaboration to a higher level.

“I Am Love,” which screened in Horizons, follows Swinton’s work on Guadagnino’s “The Protagonists” and “The Love Factory.” The two now have high hopes for a Hollywood remake of 1958 Warner Bros. hit “Auntie Mame.”

“Luca and I have known each other for a very long time and we have a very compatible vision,” Swinton said. “We both like the idea of a pure cinema born out of a classical history of cinema; but truly modern.”

To be even more specific, Swinton said she and Guadagnino always described “I Am Love,” in which she plays a Russian woman married into a wealthy Milanese industrial dynasty, as “(Luchino) Visconti on acid.”

As for her character in “Love,” which Swinton plays speaking Russian-accented Italian, she said playing a high-society Milanese dame wasn’t that difficult.

“My sense about that world is that it’s fake for everybody. It is a pose for everyone. So, it’s really a lot like being an actress.”

Guadagnino now aspires to break out of Italy and become a Hollywood helmer.

“My great ambition is to get closer to the movies I really like, which are the great Hollywood movies from the past, the present and the future,” he said

“To work with someone like Tilda can give you that perspective without being banal,” he added.

Guadagnino said he and Swinton aspire to remake “Auntie Mame” as a “rock-n-roll, super funny, super mainstream movie.”

They would set their “Mame,” which is about a boy growing up as ward of his dead father’s eccentric sister, in the present-day. 

“This is an SOS for Warner Bros. to give us the rights for this remake, which only Tilda could do justice to,” he added.

Guadagnino also said plans are on track for his First Sun shingle to produce the long-in-gestation remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult hit “Suspiria.” It will be helmed by David Gordon Green with a 2010 shooting date.

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