Director, screenwriter and producer.
He was born in Palermo, Italy, in 1971, and then raised in Ethiopia. He graduates in Rome in the faculty of History and critics of cinema, with a thesis on Jonathan Demme.
He made his directorial debut in the feature film The Protagonists (1999), presented at the 56th edition of the International Venice Film Festival.
In 2002 he directs Mundo Civilizado, presented in 2003 at the 56th edition of the Locarno Film Festival.
In 2004 is the time of Cuoco Contadino, presented at the 61st edition of the International Venice Film Festival, to which follows the success of Melissa P. (2005). International acclamation and success come to Luca with Io sono l'amore / I am love (2009) which he directs, screen-writes and produces. Io sono l'amore / I am love is presented at the 66th International Venice Film Festival, at the 35th edition of the International Film Festival of Toronto and other numerous international film festivals, including the 60th edition of the Berlin Film Festival, the 14th edition of the Festival in Busan and the Sundance Film Festival, in 2010. The film was a huge success with both the public and critics, and in 2010 it was a candidate for the 82nd edition of the Academy Awards for Best Costume Design (Oscar), the 68th Annual Golden Globe and the BAFTA nominations (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 2011 Luca Guadagnino presents at the 64th edition of the Locarno Film Festival the feature film/documentary Inconscio italiano; he is currently completing the editing of Bertolucci on Bertolucci (2013).
In december 2011 Luca makes his debut as an Opera director with Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, at the Teatro Filarmonica of Verona.
As a producer he realized the short film Diarchia, in 2010, by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, presented to the 63rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival, winning the prize Pianifica. Diarchia is also nominated for Best Short Film at the EFA- European Film Awards, then receives a special mention at the Sundance Film Festival of 2011 and wins the prize for Best Direction of a Short Film at the 65th edition of the Nastri d'Argento.
Luca Guadagnino continues his career of producer with the feature film of Edoardo Gabriellini, in 2012, I padroni di casa, presented at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Now Luca is currently producing the films Incompresa, by Asia Argento, and Antonia, by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. Suspiria, remake of legendary film by Dario Argento, remains his most ambitious production effort and is currently under development.
In 2012 Luca founded the production company Frenesy Film Company, which focuses his business on films for the luxury and fashion industries.
His duties as juror is intense: twice in Turin (in 2003 at the 22nd edition in the short films section and in 2006 at the 24th edition in the official jury), then in 2011 he is president at the 11th edition of the Beirut Film Festival, in 2010 he is member of the jury at the 67th edition of the International Venice Film Festival, chaired by Quentin Tarantino, then in 2011 he is jury at the 64th edition at the Locarno Film Festival.
While alert for new trends and close to his emerging talents, in 2012 he realizes in collaboration with the maison Louis Vuitton, the Louis Vuitton Journeys Awards. It's an international competition dedicated to young filmmakers.
His next work will be Body Art, from the novel of Don De Lillo, produced by Paulo Branco and interpreted by Isabelle Huppert, Denis Lavant, David Cronenberg and Sigourney Weaver.