Wish You Were Here
Tilda Swinton and Co. Have Travel on the Mind
Starwood Hotel Group's Luxury Collection has done some significant booking of its own recently, enlisting Tilda Swinton and I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino to conceive and create a short film showcasing three of its upscale American properties.
Here, which went live online and screened at midtown's Core Club last night, stars Agyness Deyn as a solitary traveler whose itinerary (the Equinox in Vermont, the Phoenician in Arizona, and the Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu) is delivered to her one mysterious handwritten note at a time. "You don't know what the romance is about, you don't know who the man is," Guadagnino explained post-screening. "Actually, it's Waris." As in Ahluwalia, who in his role as a so-called Global Explorer for the brand assembled the creative dream team (including costume designer Heidi Bivens and Jason Schwartzman, who co-wrote the score).
Deyn, who channels Tippi Hedren for the film, found parts of the role familiar. "A lot of my traveling for my job over the past ten years has been solo traveling, I suppose, where I've not planned the hotel or anything, so in a way I just discover it."
The concept came courtesy of Swinton (who stayed home in Scotland during filming) and fellow traveler Sandro Kopp, both of whom know the highs—and lows—of traveling alone. "The only issue with it, which is quite a funny moment, is when the systems crash and you realize you're in an airport, in a country, and somehow the booking didn't come through and there you are, stuck," the actress explained. But you won't find such snafus in Here. "That was all cut out of the film," she joked. "It's in the DVD extras."