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Cinema royalty, he went from advising, to producing to ultimately directing Call Me By Your Name…

The director

How and why were you first attracted to the project? It’s a strange thing. I was involved with the project but was never ‘attracted’ to the project in the first place. I’d been asked by one of the producers to read the book while I was prepping for I Am Love because I’m Italian, the book is set in Italy, and he wanted me to advise them on where Aciman had set the story, because it never says in the book.

I read the book, loved it, and I said that if they would have more need of me, I would help them. Later, they asked me to do scouting with them, and we did so. One thing led to another. During these past eight years, I started to be more and more involved with the project. At first I was a consultant, then an executive producer, then I became a producer, and then, as many people passed by in the search for a director, without me even realising what was happening, I’d been asked to direct. I was attracted by the possibility of giving life to characters that I knew from a different perspective of having produced the film, but not having thought about directing it.

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