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O Night Divine, Luca Guadagnino
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Luca Guadagnino surprise releases a festive short film, O Night Divine

John C. Reilly stars as Santa in the Call Me By Your Name director’s Christmas film, alongside Hereditary’s Alex Wolff

Luca Guadagnino has released a surprise short Christmas film, titled O Night Divine, and starring John C. Reilly as a Father Christmas-style character named Kristof.

Taking place at an appropriately festive ski resort, the 40-minute project is produced in collaboration with Zara, with a screenplay by Michael Mitnick (who previously worked with the Call Me By Your Name director on his 2019 short film The Staggering Girl).

Alongside Reilly, Hereditary’s Alex Wolff plays a musician, contributing vocals to the climactic musical number. Music throughout comes courtesy of longtime Pedro Almodóvar collaborator Alberto Iglesias.

The cast also includes model and filmmaker Hailey Gates (of Uncut Gems and Twin Peaks), as well as Samia Benazzouz, Chloe Park, Valerio Santucci, Francesca Figus, Tania Hanyoung Park, and Shi Yang Shi.

Beyond the festive season, Luca Guadagnino is reuniting with Timothée Chalamet on the cannibal-themed Bones & All. The gruesome movie also has returning roles for Chloë Sevigny and Francesca Scorsese (both of We Are Who We Are) and Michael Stuhlbarg, alongside Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance, and Halloween filmmaker David Gordon Green.

In the meantime, you can watch O Night Divine below.