What do you do as soon as you wake up?
I wonder how my mother, my father, my sister and my little niece are. Then I look at the press review of the things that have happened in the world. When I’m in New York or Los Angeles I look for the news about Europe, but, when I’m in Milan, I look for the news about America. Finally, I get down to concentrating on research, because my mind is really fresh.
What puts you in a good mood?
My niece, when she smiles and learns to say new words; to know I’m doing something well, and then people… I love to be among people.
If your life were a film, who would your director be?
There would be several, according to the moments I had to recount. In general, I would like Fellini; his films are so crazy that every other director would like a life like that. For my own sentiments, I would choose Ozpeteck because I think he’s so good at recounting them, above all when the screenplay is by Ivan Cotroneo. For sad moments the best would be Sergio Castellitto, especially if the script writer is Margaret Mazzantini. For the more intimate sphere and nightlife I would like Busby Berkeley, a director from the forties who directed films on the theme of dancing.
Is there a present you would have liked to receive but which hasn’t arrived yet?
I have a phobia about owning material things. The present I would have liked to receive is an unexpected kiss.
If you were a song today, which one would you be?
I wouldn’t be a song today, I would be a song every day. “Come Stai” by Mina and Massimiliano Pane; some of the best lyrics ever written. It’s a song that perfectly describes my idea of love, because it is based on the simplest principle, that is to say, of asking the other person how they are; to really take care of someone.
If you had the ability to learn something in a second, what would you like to do?
Pilot an aircraft, or, more practically, know how to keep the accounts.
Which food represents you?
I like all white food: meringue, white rice, and milk. There you are, I think milk is the one that represents me most.
Do you have any rituals when you arrive in a new city?
Walking, without a destination, with Italian music in my ears, to discover the city. And then I really like going to the cinema on my own, even when I don’t know the language.
Wich is the last movie you saw?
Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee, but after Brokeback Mountain it didn’t convince me. In my opinion, he’s better at doing love stories. But the previous film, “Venuto al Mondo” (Twice Born) directed by Sergio Castellitto, hit me right in the stomach.
If you had a magic rubber that could cancel one of your traits?
I should like to cancel that constant attention to perfection in things. Many times I ought to say, “it’s ok as it is”, but I just can’t manage it. Often you should enjoy things without always being hyper-critical.
The first image that comes to mind if I say, “Luca as a young child”?
As a young child, Luca was great fun because he had a lot of blonde curls. What come to mind are images of me doing something on my own: I was already very independant. My parents recount that when I was little they put me in the big bed to get me to sleep, but I asked to go to my little bed because I wanted my independance.
Ask yourself a question and give yourself the answer
Strategically I’ll say: Luca, what is your favourite book? The answer is “Cronache di un Disamore” by Ivan Cotroneo, so that anyone who hasn’t read it can do so.
Why is life beautiful?
Because it must be lived. Whoever, like me, has the good luck to be able to live it, must live every aspect of it it; because it’s always surprising you; because if there’s a bad day you can laugh about it after a few days, and, because you can achieve so many things, if you want to. My motto is “where there is a will there is a way” and you must try to obtain what you want. Life is beautiful because of this.
The main character of a film you would have liked to be?
A character I really like is the heiress of “Grey Gardens” played by Drew Barrymore in the latest version by the BBC. It tells the story of Jacqueline Kennedy’s two cousins who fall into poverty because they are abandoned by their father, but who continue to live in the Hamptons’ mansion. They literally go crazy but they refuse to renounce their social ideals, so, even though they live in poverty, they behave as if they were high society ladies. I should have liked to interpret a male version of a character similar to these. And I should also have liked to play Totò the child in “Cinema Paradiso”.
Is there anything you would never wear?
If I had the physique for it I would wear everything. Fashion is fun, so anything, if it’s worn in the right way, is wearable. No, there’s nothing I wouldn’t wear.
Your top ten favourite films?
In order: The Dreamers directed by Bertolucci, Giulietta degli Spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits) directed by Fellini, Grey Gardens, both the documentary and the BBC version, Non ti Muovere (Don’t Move) directed by Castellitto, Paradiso Perduto (Great Expectations) directed by Cuaròn, Bellissima (Beautiful) directed by Visconti, Ieri Oggi e Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) directed by Vittorio de Sica, Io Sono L’amore (I Am Love) directed by Guadagnino.
Luca Finotti wears Costume National