(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 2 - The dictatorship of social media makes life today hard, Timothée Chalamet said in presenting Italy's first Golden Lion contender, the 1980s-set cannibal road love story Bones and All directed by Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and debuting at the Venice Film Festival Friday.
"The collapse of society is in the air," the New York born actor went on, saying "I think this film can shed light on this theme too".
Chalamet plays Lee, a young cannibal who flees his family and eventually meets up with kindred spirit Maren (Taylor Russell), and 18-year-old on the road for the same reason.
"Together, they try out the possibility of living the impossible," said Guadagnino who has previously made four films with Tilda Swinton including A Bigger Splash and a remake of the Dario Argento slasher classic Suspiria.
Chalamet adds: "It's a heart-rending, tragic, very strong love story".
Asked if love saves all, the star replied, disappointing millions of fans, "I'm still much too young for love".
Guadagnino's is the first of five Italian contenders for Venice's best picture prize, and his first shot in America, all in the MidWest.
"I've dreamed of the American landscape from the start, it's part of my development as a filmmaker, and this script was a chance to live it as a director".
Five Italian films are in the running for the Golden Lion at the 79th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 10.
They are Il Signore delle Formiche (The Lord of the Ants) by Gianni Amelio, Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino, Chiara by Susanna Nicchiarelli, Monica by Andrea Pallaoro and Emanuele Crialese's L'Immensita' (Immensity) starring Penelope Cruz.