Following his first feature in 2014, the Rinko Kikuchi
-led “Last Summer
”, Italian writer-director Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
returns with “Likemeback,” a young women-led drama exploring smartphone addiction. This time around, he follows three Italian teenagers – played by Angela Fontana
, Denise Tantucci
and Blu Yoshimi
– on a boat-based vacation in Croatia, celebrating the end of high school. They share everything on social media, but their addiction to those platforms, along with conflicts concerning their insecurities, take multiple dark turns that look to be life-ruining.
As “Likemeback” received its world premiere at this year’s Locarno Festival, Seràgnoli spoke to Variety about the film’s themes concerning social media, collaborating with his stars on the story, and the appeal of setting a social media cautionary tale out at sea.
When did you start cultivating an interest in the relationship we have with technology and our phones?
I didn’t have Facebook
until two years ago.