Before writer-director Luca Guadagnino and a young Timothée Chalamet ever met and decided to work together, the former had already earned accolades for films like I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, and the latter was building an impressive resume that included movies by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) and Jason Reitman (Men, Women & Children). But it was their collaboration on 2017’s Call Me by Your Name that not only served as their introduction to a wider moviegoing audience and garnered sweeping critical acclaim, but also birthed a fruitful friendship that would inspire them to work together again.
That creative partnership would go on to produce Bones and All, a decidedly darker coming-of-age romance directed by Guadagnino about a young woman (Taylor Russell) with cannibalistic impulses who embarks on a journey to find her mother and falls for a young man (Chalamet) with an equally unusual appetite. Ahead of the film’s release, Guadagnino and Chalamet sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to reflect on their partnership, beginning with the first time they became aware of – and became fans of – each other’s work. They talk about why they work together so well, how easy it was to bring Russell into the fold, what moments have been the most memorable for them, and more.
Bones and All opens in theaters on November 23, 2022.