Timothée Chalamet, whose new film bones and all is among the films getting the Venice International Film Festival treatment this month, spoke decisively and candidly about social media and “social collapse” during a press conference on Friday.
As reported by Deadline and others, Chalamet, who stars alongside Taylor Russell in the latest film of his call me by your name collaborator Luca Guadagnino—told reporters Friday that “it was a relief” to enter a world where characters don’t rely on social media.
“To be young now, to be young forever, I can only speak to my generation, but it must be judged intensely,” Chalamet said. “I can’t imagine what it’s like growing up with the onslaught of social media and it was such a relief to play characters struggling with an internal dilemma without the ability to go to Reddit, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok and find out where. fit. Which is, without judging that because if you can find your tribe there, then all the power, but I think it’s hard to be alive right now. I think social collapse is in the air. Smells like that. And without being pretentious, that’s why I hope these movies matter. Because the role of the artist, or so I’ve been told, is to shed light on what’s going on.”
What sparked the comments was a question from a reporter about the film’s exploration of “isolation of choice” and the idea of trial at a young age, as seen starting around the 15:17 mark in the video below. .
After a series of festival screenings, bones and all—based on the award-winning novel by Camille DeAngelis—will open theatrically here in the United States in November. Watch the official synopsis for the film shared in Venice below:
“First love finds Maren, a young woman learning to survive on the fringes of society, and Lee, an intense, disenfranchised drifter, when they meet and are joined on a thousand-mile odyssey that takes them through secondary paths, hidden passageways. , and hatches of Ronald Reagan’s America. But despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and to a final stand that will determine if their love can survive their otherness.”
Of course, I would be doing anyone reading this a great disservice if I didn’t take this opportunity to mention again Luca Guadagnino’s recent (and under-praised) series on HBO, we are who we are. Jump in as soon as humanly possible if you missed it during its original run in 2020.