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Luca Guadagnino soon to begin filming HBO series We Are Who We Are

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- The first clapperboard on the 8-episode drama series produced by Italy’s Wildside for HBO and Sky, heralding the TV debut of the Call Me By Your Name director, will slam at the end of July in Veneto

Luca Guadagnino soon to begin filming HBO series We Are Who We Are
Luca Guadagnino on the set of Suspiria

Shooting is due to start at the end of July on We Are Who We Are, the mini-series comprising 8 episodes and produced by Italian outfit Wildside for HBO and Sky. Marking Luca Guadagnino’s TV debut, the series will be set on the American NATO base Casama Ederle in Vicenza. But as the team were unable to film on the real base, the main set was installed on the San Siro base in Bagnoli di Sopra in the province of Padua. A missile base for the Italian Air Force and NATO between 1959 and 2008, the compound has since been returned to the Paduan municipality and was used, until recently, as a centre for immigrants. Guadagnino will be filming in the Veneto region for 16 weeks, starting 29 July.

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Written by the director of Suspiria [+see also:
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alongside Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri, the series follows the mixed fortunes of two adolescents, Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper, as explained by Guadagnino during the Cannes Film Festival. Fraser is a young and introverted New Yorker who lives with his family on the Italian military base, where he soon gets to hang out with a group of kids his own age. Caitlin, on the other hand, is a resourceful girl who has adapted well to life on the base, learning how to hunt, and how to helm her father’s fishing boat. When the two fourteen-year-olds meet, a close and complex friendship is formed. Their group of teenage friends believe Fraser and Caitlin are a couple, but the boy is grappling with confused feelings over his identity, and an innocent, romantic connection soon develops between Fraser and an older soldier called Jason.

Thus, Guadagnino goes back over themes previously explored in Call Me By Your Name [+see also:
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, his 2017 film which landed James Ivory an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The names of the actors chosen for the film following castings in Los Angeles, London, Africa and Italy remain top secret information at this point. International sales, however, will be managed by Freemantle.

(Translated from Italian)

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