It's been a busy year for Luca Guadagnino.
The Call Me By Your Name director will, in just a few short weeks, begin shooting We Are Who We Are – his first foray into television.
According to Variety, the show is set in rural Italy and follows the story of two American 14-year-olds, Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper, who are living with their parents on a military base for the summer.
The two become close amid their posse of teenage friends, who think they’re a couple. But Fraser is experiencing confusing feelings about his identity and develops an innocent romantic connection with an older soldier.
“All the characters are from the U.S.,” Guadagnino said. Casting was done in Los Angeles, London, Africa and Italy."
The drama will consist of eight, hour-long episodes – with Guadagnino directing the first two instalments and the finale. It will air on HBO in the US and Sky in the UK.
In the interim, Guadagnino is set to premiere his hotly anticipated short Staggering Girl at Cannes.
Shot over just five days between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a convent on Rome’s Palatine Hill, the 35-minute film stars Julianne Moore as an Italian-American writer who travels back to her native Rome to collect her elderly mother.
The piece aims to fuse the aesthetics of film and haute couture with a multi-layered plot centred on haute couture dresses and their owners.
Guadagnino said he and US screenwriter Michael Mitnick “tailored a story that took its cue from [Valentino creative director] Pierpaolo Piccioli’s idea of the stories that these dresses told, both emotionally and narratively.”
None other than Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli worked with Guadagnino to shape the film. KiKi Layne and Mia Goth also appear, with Kyle MacLachlan starring in multiple roles.
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