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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #19. Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash

A Bigger Splash

Director: Luca Guadagnino // Writer: David Kajganich

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Luca Guadagnino’s art house favorite I Am Love (2009) swept through Venice and Toronto, starring a delectable Tilda Swinton in an homage to Visconti. That was Guadagnino’s third and most acclaimed film (previously he’s directed Melissa P. in 2005 and 1999’s The Protagonists, also starring Swinton). After several experimental projects and documentaries, he’s signed onto several projects that never took off, including most notably an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist with Isabelle Huppert, Sigourney Weaver, David Cronenberg, and Denis Lavant all lined up to star (the project is now under the direction of Benoit Jacquot and will film with mostly unknowns sometime in 2015). Out of the blue, he announced he would be making A Bigger Splash, a remake of the 1969 Jacques Deray film La Piscine, which starred Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin. Splash reunites Guadagnino with Swinton, and an exciting supporting cast that includes Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts. Margot Robbie was initially set to star, but dropped out and was replaced by Dakota Johnson. A crime mystery set in in Italy where an American couple, Marianne and Paul, spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. Marianne invites former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter, Penelope to stay.

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts

Production Co.: Frenesy Film Company, StudioCanal

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Guadagnino has yet to play at Cannes, and the film is currently in post-production. If he isn’t offered a Main Comp slot we could see this resting until Venice.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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