Fresh off the heels of one of the best films of Sundance Film Festival 2017 getting a release date, we now have word on when another will arrive. Luca Guadagnino‘s intoxicatingly sexy romance Call Me By Your Name was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before its premiere even occurred and now they’ve given it a release date of November 24, 2017. An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, the story follows a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) who begins a romance with the house guest (Armie Hammer) of his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg).
While it feels like the perfect summer movie through and through, we can understand this prime awards season release date, where it’ll be given ample room to stop by the major fall festivals. The drama will drop in limited release alongside Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, and just a few days after the Thanksgiving wide releases of Pixar’s Coco, Let it Snow, and Murder on the Orient Express.
I said in my review, “A feat of accentuated sound design, as hands run down staircases and across bodies, and arresting cinematography, luxuriating in the beauty of Italy and those that occupy it, Call Me By Your Name has the effect of being transported to this specific time and place. It’s a film of overwhelming empathy and playfulness as loneliness turns into gratification and desires are slowly manifested into reality.”
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.
Call Me By Your Name will be released on November 24, 2017.