Tilda Swinton romantic drama was a hit and Toronto and Venice film festivals.
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s Euro arthouse film “I Am Love” starring Tilda Swinton.
A critical favorite at film festivals in Venice and Toronto, “I Am Love” features Swinton playing an Italian matriarch who falls for a young man (Flavio Parenti) with aspirations to run a restaurant.
The film also stars Gabriele Ferzetti, Pippo Delbono and Edoardo Gabbriellini, and features a score from acclaimed minimalist composer John Adams, and costume design from Jil Sander.
Guadagnino and Swinton also collaborated on 1999’s “The Protagonists.”
“Luca Guadagnino has given us one of the most exquisitely crafted, beautifully mounted films of recent memory,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “It is a completely unified, cinematic masterwork, and mere superlatives don’t do justice to the infinite marvels of Tilda Swinton.”
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia senior VP Tom Quinn with ICM agent Jeff Berg.