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Over the years, he took his producers on scouts all over Italy.
“The book is about this specific place called Bordighera,” Guadagnino explains. We showed them the Bordighera village and a possible house that could meet the storyline.” Later on, he says, “we imagined a different setting; Sicily.” When the original director dropped out, they went to another and another, and the dance of seduction lasted varying lengths of time with each, until all of those suitors fell away.
It was a very interesting script, because it was filled with the typical imagery of Ivory.” But still, there was no luck for the production.
“I fell in love once in my life, and I have been with the same person since.
And, by his own admission, Guadagnino felt “comfortable” with this story.
“Because maybe I knew the people that I was talking about,” he says.
He started where he usually does; he leaned into his cinephilia.
The films that sprang to mind: Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country, Bertolucci’s La Luna, Rohmer’s 80s films like The Green Ray and Pauline à la Plage (Call Me is set in 1982).
“I knew the emotional journey they were going through.