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2010’s Top 10: Repeat Offenders in Luca Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton

I’m cheating here as I could have put it on last year’s list, but I felt it was more of a 2010 title as it preemed on the world film fest circuit in fall classics such as Venice and Toronto. While I have no knowledge of how they faired before in 1999’s The Protagonists or the 2002 docu short Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory, I do know that their third film together in I Am Love (Lo sono l’amore) was golden for Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino and actress Tilda Swinton.

1. Luca Guadagnino and Tilda Swinton

I’m cheating here as I could have put it on last year’s list, but I felt it was more of a 2010 title as it preemed on the world film fest circuit in fall classics such as Venice and Toronto. While I have no knowledge of how they faired before in 1999’s The Protagonists or the 2002 docu short Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory, I do know that their third film together in I Am Love (Lo sono l’amore) was golden for Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino and actress Tilda Swinton. You can read this NYTimes article for more insight into how an unknown filmmaker seduced Swinton into becoming his muse, but I would suggest you see Swinton’s character in her transformative states: switching from ice cold, to luke warm to burning hot. This is one director-actress pairing I look forward in seeing how they’ll evolve creatively over the span of what I imagine what will be the rest of their lives as artists.

 

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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