Tilda Swinton calls on moviegoers to boycott multiplex cinemas

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film In…

Tilda Swinton has called on moviegoers to boycott multiplexes in favour of watching a broader range of films in smaller cinemas.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her views on the state of the industry prior to being presented with the British Film Institute’s prestigious accolade, the BFI Fellowship, on Monday night.

Specifically, Swinton explained that she would like to see small supermarkets across the U.K. transformed into independent cinemas.

“We need a lot of cinemas. Little cinemas, refurbished old cinemas that have been turned into Tescos and can be turned back into cinemas,” she told PA Media. “We need blow up cinemas in the park. We need spaces to show a range of films outside of the multiplex. We all love going to the multiplex but there is a limit to how many times you can see something that you only see there.”

And in spite of the popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, Swinton is adamant there will still be a future for cinema as she believes that if viewers love a film they’ve seen online, they will want to go see it again on the big screen.

“We all buy a CD and we get to know that music really well and if that band comes to town we’ll go and see them live. I think that will start to happen with cinema,” the 59-year-old shared. “We will get to know something really well because we’ve watched it on Netflix and then when it comes to a big screen near us, we will still go and see it live.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Swinton confessed she was a “little embarrassed” to be given the BFI Fellowship accolade and was “super honoured” to have been chosen.

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Tilda Swinton to receive BFI Fellowship

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic a…

Tilda Swinton is to receive the British Film Institute’s prestigious Fellowship honour.

The Doctor Strange star will receive the award at the BFI Chair’s annual dinner at the Rosewood Hotel in London on 2 March in recognition of her “daringly eclectic and striking talents as a performer and filmmaker” and her contribution to film.

“Fellowship and BFI are two of my favourite words. And the beginning and end of the reason I live my life in the cinema in the first place,” Swinton said in a statement. “I am very happy and touched by this honour. And I share it entirely with my beloved filmmaking playmates, living and departed.”

BFI Chair Josh Berger praised the star for her “powerful and far-ranging” work, from her early movies with auteur filmmaker Derek Jarman to her involvement in blockbuster Marvel movies like Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame.

“It is a career full of courageous artistic choices that has earned her the deep respect of her peers, our industry and the admiration and enjoyment of audiences all over the world,” Berger said. “Tilda inhabits the characters she portrays in the most compelling way.

“Her work is powerful and far-ranging and as such occupies a unique place in our collective film history – it captivates young film-makers and actors, inspiring them to make bolder, braver and more profound work.”

The Oscar winner follows in the footsteps of previous Fellowship honourees such as Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Grant, Al Pacino, Tim Burton, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The 59-year-old will also be honoured with a special season featuring her work and her inspirations at the BFI’s Southbank base from 1 to 18 March. She will also hold a special Tilda in Conversation event on 3 March.

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The Souvenir leads nominations for London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne’s film The Souvenir leads the nominees for the 2020 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.The film received seven nominations when they were announced at The May Fair Hotel in the British capital on Tuesd…

Tilda Swinton and her daughter Honor Swinton Byrne’s film The Souvenir leads the nominees for the 2020 London Critics’ Circle Film Awards.

The film received seven nominations when they were announced at The May Fair Hotel in the British capital on Tuesday, putting it ahead of The Irishman and 1917, which bagged six each.

Swinton received a supporting actress nod for her role in the film, about a film student who embarks on a relationship with a secretive older man, played by Tom Burke.

Swinton Byrne was nominated for the Young British Performer prize, while Burke received recognition in the Actor of the Year and British/Irish Actor of the Year categories.

For the former, he will battle it out with Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Robert De Niro (The Irishman), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker).

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellweger (Judy) will compete for the Actress of the Year award.

Nominated for Film of the Year alongside The Souvenir are The Irishman, 1917, Joker, Knives Out, Marriage Story, Midsommar, Pain and Glory, Parasite, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Joining Swinton in the supporting actress category are Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Florence Pugh (Little Women), and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Shia LaBeouf (Honey Boy), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) will face off for the equivalent male prize.

Pedro Almodovar (Pain and Glory), Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sam Mendes (1917), Celine Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), and Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) are the nominees for Director of the Year.

The winners will be announced on 30 January at The May Fair Hotel.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Film of the Year:

The Irishman

Joker

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Midsommar

1917

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Souvenir

Foreign Language Film of the Year:

Happy as Lazzaro

Monos

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Documentary of the Year:

Amazing Grace

Apollo 11

The Cave

For Sama

Varda by Agnes

Director of the Year:

Pedro Almodovar – Pain and Glory

Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Celine Sciamma – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Screenwriter of the Year:

Pedro Almodovar – Pain and Glory

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Wan – Parasite

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

Actress of the Year:

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Florence Pugh – Midsommar

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Actor of the Year:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Robert De Niro – The Irishman

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress of the Year:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Tilda Swinton – The Souvenir

Supporting Actor of the Year:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

British/Irish Film: The Attenborough Award:

Bait

1917

Rocketman

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

British/Irish Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose/Judy

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Lesley Manville – Ordinary Love/Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Florence Pugh – Fighting With My Family/Midsommar/Little Women

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

British/Irish Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

George MacKay – 1917/Where Hands Touch/Ophelia

Robert Pattinson – The Lighthouse/High Life/The King

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Young British/Irish Performance:

Raffey Cassidy – Vox Lux

Dean-Charles Chapman – 1917/The King/Blinded by the Light

Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit

Noah Jupe – Honey Boy/Le Mans ’66

Honor Swinton Byrne – The Souvenir

Breakthrough British/Irish Filmmaker:

Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts – For Sama

Richard Billingham – Ray & Liz

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Owen McCafferty – Ordinary Love

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

British/Irish Short Film of the Year:

Appreciation

Beyond the North Winds: A Post-Nuclear Reverie

The Devil’s Harmony

Kingdom Come

Pompeii

Technical Achievement Award:

Ad Astra – Allen Maris, visual effects

Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller, film editing

Judy – Jeremy Woodhead, make-up and hair

Little Women – Jacqueline Durran, costumes

Motherless Brooklyn – Daniel Pemberton, music

Monos – Jasper Wolf, cinematography

1917 – Oliver Tarney, sound design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Barbara Ling, production design

Parasite – Lee Ha Jun, production design

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Will Becher & Richard Phelan, animation

Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film

Sally Potter, Sandy Powell

40th Anniversary Award

Aardman Animation

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The Personal History of David Copperfield leads BIFA nominations

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations. Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed n…

The Personal History of David Copperfield will be the top contender at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards with 11 nominations.

Armando Iannucci’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, has landed nominations for categories including Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Patel and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, respectively.

It’s followed closely by Wild Rose, starring Jessie Buckley as a rising singer, with 10 nominations, thriller In Fabric with nine, and The Souvenir with eight.

Renee Zellweger has landed a Best Actress nomination for her portrayal of icon Judy Garland in the biopic Judy. She will go up against her Judy co-star Jessie Buckley, who has been nominated for her leading role in Wild Rose as well as Sally Hawkins for Eternal Beauty, Holliday Grainger for Animals, and Vicky Knight for Dirty God.

For the Best Actor prize, Patel will compete against Tom Burke for The Souvenir, Josh O’Connor for Only You, Sam Adewunmi for The Last Tree, and Kris Hitchen for Sorry We Missed You.

Other notable nominees include Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is up for the debut director and supporting actor prizes for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and Swinton’s daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne, who is up for Most Promising Newcomer for her leading role in The Souvenir.

Other nominees for Best British Independent Film include Wild Rose, The Souvenir, For Sama and Bait, while the Best International Independent Film nominees include Marriage Story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Monos, Parasite, and Ash is Purest White.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 1 December.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best British Independent Film:

Bait

For Sama

The Personal History of David Copperfield

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

Best International Independent Film:

Ash is Purest White

Marriage Story

Monos

Parasite

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Director:

Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts – For Sama

Oliver Hermanus – Moffie

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Mark Jenkin – Bait

Asif Kapadia – Diego Maradona

Best Screenplay:

Joanna Hogg – The Souvenir

Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Paul Laverty – Sorry We Missed You

Peter Strickland – In Fabric

Nicole Taylor – Wild Rose

Best Actress:

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Sally Hawkins – Eternal Beauty

Holliday Grainger – Animals

Vicky Knight – Dirty God

Best Actor:

Tom Burke – The Souvenir

Josh O’Connor – Only You

Sam Adewunmi – The Last Tree

Kris Hitchen – Sorry We Missed You

Dev Patel – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica Barden – Scarborough

Ruthxjiah Bellenea – The Last Tree

Elizabeth Debicki – Vita & Virginia

Tilda Swinton – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Julie Walters – Wild Rose

Best Supporting Actor:

Chiwetel Ejiofor – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Hugh Laurie – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Edlison Manuel Olbera Nunez – Yuli

Peter Mullan – The Vanishing

Bluey Robinson – Dirty God

Best Documentary:

Coup 53

Diego Maradona

For Sama

Seahorse

Tell Me Who I Am

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The Personal History of David Copperfield to open London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival. The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the a…

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the annual film extravaganza with a premiere at the Odeon Luxe cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 2 October.

The film stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel in the lead role, with support from an all-star British cast which includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it,” The Thick of It creator/director shared in a statement.

“Scotland’s Armando Iannucci is one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the U.K.,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair.

“I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”

Iannucci and his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell wrote the adaptation, which follows the good-hearted David as he sets out to be a writer and meets an array of vivid characters in Victorian England.

The film was shot on location in the U.K. and is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader.

The 2019 London Film Festival runs from 2 to 13 October.

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Karl Lagerfeld remembered at star-studded Paris memorial

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, …

Cara Delevingne and Gigi Hadid were among the fashion elite who saluted late designer and photographer Karl Lagerfeld at a memorial in Paris on Thursday.

The tribute, named Karl For Ever, was organised by the houses of Chanel, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld, and conceived by theatre and opera director Robert Carsen.

The Grand Palais, the usual venue for Chanel’s runway shows, was filled with huge photos of the fashion godfather, alongside a black, red and white stage – designed to mirror the colour scheme in Lagerfeld’s studio – and rows of black and white chairs.

As well as models Delevingne and Hadid, Stella McCartney, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Claudia Schiffer, Anna Wintour and Valentino Garavani were spotted among those paying their final respects to the design guru, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 85 in February.

Delevingne, 26, was one of the guests chosen to speak at the event and she took the stage in a pink feathered dress to perform a poem by French writer Colette, one of Lagerfeld’s favourite authors.

Tilda Swinton, who was dressed in a tweed peplum jacket and bloomers, recited an extract from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, another of the designer’s beloved works.

“Clothes wear us and not we them,” she told the mourners. “They change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us.”

Helen Mirren was also among those who hit the stage – she read from Lagerfeld’s memoir, The World According to Karl: The Wit and Wisdom of Karl Lagerfeld, accompanied by violinist Charlie Siem.

The elusive co-owner of Chanel, Alain Wertheimer, was also interviewed for the first time, and told reporters why he hired Lagerfeld in 1983: “Above all, I was seduced by the prospect of having conversations with him.”

Royalty was represented at the memorial by Princess Caroline of Hanover and Princess Stephanie of Monaco, while France’s First Lady, Brigitte Macron, also attended.

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Tilda Swinton treats Cannes Film Festival like a family reunion

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion. The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, whi…

Tilda Swinton sees so many of her old friends at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s like having a family reunion.

The 58-year-old is at the prestigious event in France thanks to her involvement in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, which premiered in Cannes earlier this month.

And Swinton was excited to return to the festival, which she dubbed a “school vacation”, as it meant reuniting with old co-stars and friends who she’s known for so long she now regards them as family.

“There are many ways of coming to Cannes, sometimes you’re trying to sell a film, sometimes you’re trying to get a film made, you might be here on a jury or bringing a film. But coming at any time and for any reason is a sort of fiesta-come-school vacation,” she explained to Deadline.

“This year to be with this particular family of filmmakers – Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray, who I’ve known very well on many different films – is like a family reunion.”

Swinton has appeared alongside Murray in no less than seven movies, including 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom and their latest endeavour, The Dead Don’t Die.

The Oscar-winning actress plays an eccentric zombie-killer in Jarmusch’s comic horror, and confessed she would say yes to any project the director suggested because she adores working with him.

“I would probably say yes to anything that Jim proposed because I really love him and his work, so even if he said let’s do a film about a sofa I would probably say, ‘Yes let’s do it’.

“It’s always a great group with Jim because people with any kind of intelligence are drawn to working with him,” she said of her co-stars, including Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloe Sevigny and Luka Sabbat.

“It was essentially a summer vacation. We had a great summer in upstate New York, going around a series of little towns to create our own version of a little town, seen in the film.”

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Jessica Chastain modelled Dark Phoenix look on Tilda Swinton

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix. The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to…

Actress Jessica Chastain chanelled her inner Tilda Swinton to perfect her “otherworldly” look for her character in new X-Men movie Dark Phoenix.

The Molly’s Game star, who is naturally a redhead, wanted to do something different with her appearance to play the villain, and she decided to draw inspiration from Swinton, who has a similar skin tone.

“Honestly, it’s no makeup, and for me, with a lot of redheads, we have very fair features, so we’re not wearing mascara or tinting (eyelashes) and stuff…,” she explained of her image for the film.

Jessica continued on U.S. breakfast show Today: “I go very white. My eyes are very present, and I thought that would be a very interesting, otherworldly look for the character.”

The 42 year old typically chooses a new fragrance to use with each new acting job as it helps her get into character.

“I have a different fragrance for each part that I play and I start wearing it when I’m at home prepping the part because… fragrance is very connected to a deep, emotional memory to me,” she told Forbes.com, “so if I’m working on something and in my subconscious I have this fragrance around me, when I’m on set and I use the fragrance, it’s going to bring everything back.”

However, for Dark Phoenix, she opted to leave her perfume behind, because she found it tough to pinpoint the way her mysterious villain, an original creation for the Simon Kinberg movie, would smell.

“That one I actually didn’t wear anything,” Jessica shared. “I can’t reveal too much; for me it’s something that wouldn’t even be a scent that we could recognise.”

Chastain stars alongside X-Men favourites James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming comic book adaptation, in which Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner plays mutant superhero Jean Grey, who develops strong powers and becomes a Dark Phoenix.

The film opens in theatres in June (19).

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Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie to open Cannes

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France. The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick…

Jim Jarmusch’s star-studded zombie thriller has been picked to open next month’s (May19) Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Dead Don’t Die, which features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, and Tilda Swinton, will kick off the annual movie spectacular on 14 May.

The film focuses on the residents of peaceful Centerville, who find themselves having to battle an army of the undead.

The movie, which Jarmusch also wrote, will be among the competition at this year’s festival.

The filmmaker has been a regular at Cannes for years, screening films like Mystery Train, Down By Law, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Dead Man at the event.

Oscar-winning Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will front this year’s (19) festival jury, becoming the first Mexican to take the role.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu previously said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honour of presiding over the Jury.

“Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Inarritu follows in the footsteps of his Babel star Cate Blanchett, who served as jury president in 2018 and awarded the Palme d’Or to Shoplifters with the help of jury members including Ava DuVernay and Kristen Stewart.

The official selection line-up for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will be unveiled next week 18 April. It is expected to include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Spanish moviemaker Pedro Almodovar’s Pain And Glory, and Elton John biopic Rocketman, which stars Taron Egerton as the British rock star.

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Dario Argento not a fan of new Suspiria

Dario Argento, the director of the original Suspiria, is not a fan of the new movie, starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz. The filmmaker insists Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake “betrayed” his acclaimed 1977 version, which featu…

Dario Argento, the director of the original Suspiria, is not a fan of the new movie, starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

The filmmaker insists Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake “betrayed” his acclaimed 1977 version, which featured Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, and Flavio Bucci .

“It did not excite me and it betrayed the spirit of the original film,” Dario tells Un Giorno de Pecorca. “The film has not satisfied me so much.”

But the veteran stopped short of criticising Guadagnino directly, calling him “a fine person” and cooing about his set design, stating Luca made “beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes…”

Argento, the father of actress Asia Argento, appeared as the uncredited narrator in his version of the film, and he’s also credited as a writer on the new version.

He also didn’t turn on Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s revamp of music group Goblin’s score for the original horror film.

The rocker recently told The Hollywood Reporter it took him months to “even contemplate the idea” of creating the atmospheric music for Guadagnino’s horror movie, calling Goblin’s original score “one of those legendary soundtracks”.

“It was one of those moments in your life where you want to run away but you know you’ll regret it if you do,” he said.

“I watched the original film several times, and I loved it because it was of that time, an incredibly intense soundtrack. Obviously Goblin and Dario worked incredibly closely when they did it together.”

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