(2022, USA, 130')
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD FOR AN EMERGING ACTOR/ACTRESS: Taylor Russell
An adaptation of Camille DeAngelis’ novel of the same name, Bones and All is the story of a disturbing first love: that of Maren, a young woman who lives at the margins of society, and Lee, a disenchanted red-haired drifter who is searching for his father. Maren has a problem, when she grows attached to someone, she ends up… eating them. Secret passages, trapdoor, and country roads – the two cannibal lovers live their odyssey through Ronald Reagan’s America and, no matter how hard they try, all roads will lead them back to their terrifying past until the very end, which will proclaim this young love stronger than their otherness compared to the rest of the world.
Born in Sicily in 1971, Luca Guadagnino is a director, screenwriter, and producer as well as an old friend of the Venice Film Festival, where he debuted in 1999 with The Protagonists. He was back at the VFF in 2002 to present documentary Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory and in 2009 with I Am Love, which was entered in the Orizzonti line-up and earned an Oscar nomination. He was a jury panelist at Venezia67, and in 2015, he participated in the main competition with A Bigger Splash. His following film, Call Me by Your Name of 2017, earned Guadagnino four Oscar nominations and the Best Adapted Screenplay Award. In 2018, he was back at the VFF with Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento’s cult horror. Bones and All is Guadagnino’s first film set in the United States. Most of the cast are longtime associates of the director: Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me by Your Name, Jessica Harper in Suspiria and Chloë Sevigny and Francesca Scorsese in We Are Who We Are (2020).