Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet are back together, albeit with a project that could not be more different from Call Me By Your Name (a film that earned both the director and actor Oscar nominations).
Bones and All, adapted from Camille DeAngelis' novel of the same name by screenwriter David Kajganich, is a coming-of-age cannibal love story between Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman learning to survive on the outskirts of society, and Lee (Chalamet), as they set out toward an unknown future and the secrets of their past.
"You don't think I'm a bad person?" Lee asks in the trailer, to which Maren responds, "All I think is that I love you."
By all accounts, Bones and All appears to be something of an amalgamation of Guadagnino's last two films, taking the coming-of-age journey of Call Me By Your Name and infusing it with some of the genre elements of his 2018 Suspiria remake. Michael Stuhlbarg (also a Call Me By Your Name alum), André Holland, Chloë Sevigny, and Mark Rylance also star.
"There is something about the disenfranchised, about people living on the margins of society that I am drawn toward and touched by," Guadagnino says of the film. "I love these characters. The heart of the movie is tender and affectionate towards them. I'm interested in their emotional journeys. I want to see where the possibilities lie for them, enmeshed within the impossibility they face."
"The movie is a meditation on who I am and how I can overcome what I feel, especially if it is something I cannot control in myself," the filmmaker adds. "And lastly, and most importantly, when will I be able to find myself in the gaze of the other?"
Bones and All premiered during this year's Venice Film Festival, where Guadagnino won the Silver Lion Award for Best Director and Russell won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress. It opens in theaters on Nov. 23. Watch the trailer below.
MGM subsequently released an extended theatrical trailer, below.