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Call Me by Your Name

130 min.
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Armie Hammer
Michael Stuhlbarg
Timothée Chalamet
Production Company:
Frenesy, La Cinéfacture
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Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

It’s the hot, sun-drenched summer of 1983 and Elio is at his parents’ country seat in northern Italy. The 17-year-old idles away the time listening to music, reading books and swimming until one day his father’s new American assistant arrives at their large villa. Oliver is charming and, like Elio, has Jewish roots; he is also young, self-confident and good-looking. At first Elio is somewhat cold and distant towards the young man but before long the two begin going out together on excursions. Elio begins to make tentative overtures towards Oliver that become increasingly intimate – even if, as Oliver says, ‘one can’t talk about such things’. As the short summer progresses, the pair’s mutual attraction grows more intense. Director Luca Guadagnino co-wrote the screenplay – which is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman – with US director James Ivory and Walter Fasano. Guadagnino transposes the memories of the book’s first-person narrator Elio into quietly atmospheric images. Besides the two main characters of this unexpected coming-out story (played by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer) the film also boasts a third leading role in the shape of the seductive landscape.

BIOGRAFIE Luca Guadagnino

Born in Palermo, Italy in 1971, he is a director, screenwriter and producer who gained international renown with his film Io sono l’amore (I am Love) which premiered at Venice, was nominated for a Golden Globe and screened in the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section in 2010. He also works as a director for documentaries and opera. In 2012 he founded the Frenesy Film production company.

FILMOGRAFIE Luca Guadagnino (selection)

2020 Fiori, fiori, fiori   2020 Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams   2019 The Staggering Girl   2018 Suspiria  2017 Call Me by Your Name  2015 A Bigger Splash  2013 Bertolucci on Bertolucci  2009 Io Sono L'Amore  2005 Melissa P  2004 Cuoco Contadino  2002 Mundo Civilizado  1999 The Protagonists 

Luca Guadagnino @ IMDb

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