Now aiming for a fall release, there’s still a long wait until audiences will be able to see Luca Guadagnino‘s follow-up to A Bigger Splash, Call Me By Your Name, but for those that want a preview, a new clip has arrived today. An adaptation of André Aciman‘s novel, scripted by James Ivory and the director, it follows a 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) who begins a romance with the house guest (Armie Hammer) of his professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg). This new clip features the first meeting between to the soon-to-be lovers.
“I knew that Sundance was a warm environment for this movie because when we showed I Am Love, I felt the Sundance audience was unbiased, uncynical and very open,” the director tells THR, answering the question as to why the film didn’t wait for Cannes. “We only submitted to Sundance and Berlin; I never thought of going beyond the winter festivals, and I’m glad they both picked the film.”
He also opened up about his upcoming Suspiria remake, saying, “Suspiria will show a completely different palette of tone, texture and emotional journey, compared to the other movies I’ve made. It goes deep into the human identity. In psychoanalytical terms, something that makes you scared also makes you feel pleasure. This contradiction is something that’s very interesting to me. I’m a very eclectic person and I enjoy multiple tastes; I’m like a bee who jumps from flower to flower. Before I die, I have to make a war movie, a Western and a movie like Mike Nichols, because I love him.”
As for Call Me By Your Name, 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.”
Check out the clip below and see the first clip here.
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 next stop at Berlinale before a release this fall.