Luca Guadagnino consecrates cult director with Chiamami con il tuo nome, a powerful and delicate film that tells a universal story
The blinding beauty of the summers of youth, the torment and the ecstasy of first love. Call me by your name, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, it is a sensual and dreamlike story that takes us back in time of a few years and opens up to us the doors of the sophisticated and naive world of the seventeen year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet), a boy who grew up between books and art, which unexpectedly finds itself confronting the tumult of feelings when Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American student in Italy to complete a doctoral thesis, arrives at his home.
Taken from the novel of the same name by André Aciman considered a modern classic of the literature on first love – the New York Times called it "a hot novel" – Call me with your name symbolically closes the trilogy of films about Guadagnino's desire, after Io they are love and A Bigger Splash, but while the pursuit of desire in the first two films results in unexpectedly obscure events, in this film – in the very words of the director – emerges “the splendid awareness of how one changes when one loves someone in a way positive".
To be released in Italy on January 25th, Call me with your name marks the consecration of Luca Guadagnino in international cinema: presented at the Sundance Film Festival and then at the Berlin Film Festival, he received three Golden Globes nominations (best drama, best actor and best supporting actor) and four at the Oscars on March 4th:
– Best Film
– Best Actor Protagonist – Thimothée Chalamet
– Best Screenplay Not Original – James Ivory
– Best Original Song – Sufjan Stevens' Mystery of Love
Now "adopted" by Hollywood, Guadagnino made his debut as a documentary filmmaker in 1996, alternating this activity with making feature films. With the aforementioned I Am Love, from 2009, he bewitched critics and audiences by winning the Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations in the Best Foreign Film section, and at the Oscars for Best Costumes, but the international weight of the director is also witnessed from his presence in the juries of some of the most important festivals, including the Turin Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Beirut International Film Festival – of which he was President of the jury in 2011 – and the Film Festival of Locarno.
In 2018 the latest work is expected to be released, the remake of the cult film by Dario Argento Suspiria, but today Guadagnino enjoys the success of Chiamami with your name, a film that owes its refinement to the skilful screenplay by James Ivory , to the photography of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – loved by Guadagnino for his sensitivity to natural light and defined by him as "a sculptor of light" – and to the original music of Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter of great evocative power.
Elio, Oliver and Marzia, friend and companion of Elio's adventures, are ensnared in that splendid confusion that Truman Capote described affirming that "love, not having a map, knows no borders": Luca Guadagnino signs a rare poetry film, that speaks to everyone's heart, bringing us back to the emotions of our first love.