VENICE, Italy (AP) – Timothée Chalamet felt cut off from the world in the early days of the pandemic. Then Luca Guadagnino, whom Chalamet saw as a father character, arrived when they filmed Call Me By Your Name (“Call Me By Your Name”), and presented him with a new project. It would be another young romantic movie that was also slated to be shown in the ’80s, but instead of Italy, they went to Central America. The lovers will be cannibals.
“Bones and All” screened Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where it is considered one of the titles in the competition. Chalamet and Guadagnino met before the premiere to chat about the movie with the other cast members.
It’s an act that departs from the director’s previous work on films such as “A Bigger Splash” (“Blinded by the sun”) and “I Am Love” (“I am love”), becoming the first Guadagnino owned film shot in America, something he said. He wants to do for a while. His longtime assistant, screenwriter David Kaganich, came to him with an adaptation of Camille de Angelis’ YA novel “Bones and All” and saw in it an opportunity to make a film about identity and marginalized people.
“I was really looking forward to working with Luca again and telling an ingrained story,” said Chalamet, who took a break from filming “Dune 2” to go to Venice. Crowds of fans descended on the sidewalks of the Excelsior Hotel to watch the star take some selfies.
In “Bones and All,” Chalamet did more than just act: He helped move his character Lee from “alpha male” to “banshee,” which he said was very attractive to him, and he also produced the film.
“Luca is my father to me and he has guided me through the process this time,” he said. “I couldn’t say I helped organize the schedules or anything like that. But it’s something I want to keep doing.”
Chalamet’s character is a supporting character, the protagonist is Marin, who manages to accept her own disgusting impulses, played by “Waves” actress Taylor Russell, and is a debut for the Guadagnino family that has regular players like Michael Stolbarg, who plays the creepy cannibal they meet Its on the road, Chloe and Sevigny.
“It’s a Taylor movie, she’s doing a great job making it,” Chalamet said.
Analyzing their personalities and the loneliness they face in the world led them to reflect on what it means to be young now.
“I can’t imagine how much we feel bigger in the face of the carnage of social media,” Chalamet said. “I think it’s hard to be alive now. I think social breakdown is looming. It smells like that. Without being pretentious, I hope that’s why these films are so important, because the role of the artist is to shine a light on what’s going on” .
And Russell added, “It’s pretty scary. The hope is that you’ll find your own compass in the midst of it all.”
The film features new original music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who challenged Guadagnino to “find the sound of a road trip” and “the sound of an American landscape.” It’s also packed with ’80s music like Joy Division, New Order, and KISS, picked from a cassette Kajganich found as a teenager.
“The ones that made me smile or cry are left in the script,” Kaganic said.
“Bones and All” opens in North American theaters November 23.