If the word "desire" has a Latin etymological root that was linked, in classical Rome, to astrological observation, the truth is that the theme of "desire" is almost as old as man himself. It constitutes a philosophical problem that has been profoundly explored by various civilizations and eras, since Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), Plato, Aristotle, Hegel or Freud. In art, desire has inspired expressions and practices throughout the ages, and this is particularly evident in the cinema.
In the films by Luca Guadagnino, one of the most relevant contemporary filmmakers, desire takes on multiple forms and has a colossal potential for transformation. His "trilogy of desire", constituted by Io sono l'amore (2009), A bigger splash (2015) and the Oscar-nominated Call me by your name (2017), works as an aesthetic device, not only in narrative or thematic terms. In his work, Guadagnino develops a symbiotic relationship between history and style, using a language that seeks the urgency of erotic experience, often exploring references from Classical Antiquity. In a conversation with Nico Marzano, film curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Guadagnino will discuss the importance of desire in his work, and the ways in which Greco-Roman inspirations emerge from his films, ranging from the objective plasticity of Hellenistic statues to references to Heraclitus or other authors.