This year, the 72nd Venice Film Festival will run from September 4 to September 12, offering the expectant public a wide array of intriguing options to choose from. Director Luca Guadagnino’s latest film A Bigger Splash, starring Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, and Matthias Schoenaerts will make its debut on September 6 in the Sala Grande and in the PalaBiennalle in Venice.
The film is a fresh version of La Piscine which was directed by Jacques Deray in 1970, starring Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, and Jane Birkin. While the four main characters will apparently retain the same names as the original version, A Bigger Splash presents of course slight tweaks to the original; whereas Schneider’s character Marianne was a journalist, in Guadagnino’s version, she will be a prominent rock legend played by the ever versatile Tilda Swinton. Dakota Johnson will step into Jane Birkin’s role as Penelope, the daughter of one of Marianne’s closest friends who stops by their vacation villa for a visit. La Piscine, and the same is to be expected of A Bigger Splash, throws these unique characters together in a melange of sexually charged jealousy and revenge. As if Guadagnino’s powerful talent for storytelling wasn’t enough to entice, the film also includes the unique cinematography of Yorick Le Saux, who worked with Swinton in Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 vampire love story Only Lovers Left Alive, and in 2009 with both Swinton and Guadagnino in I Am Love (Io Sonno L’amore).
With the unmatched beauty of the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria as a backdrop, A Bigger Splash promises to be the latest success of the Guadagnino/Swinton collaboration, bringing forth a story that is powerfully charged with elements of love, sex, intrigue and death.
See the 1969 trailer for La Piscine here: