Call Me By Your Name created quite the emotional reaction at Sundance. The newest film, by Luca Guadagnino, co-written with James Ivory, is an adaptation of a novel by Andre Aciman. The film, which recently premiered at Sundance, follows the blossoming love between Elio and Oliver.
Both audience and critiques were smitten and found it sensual, beautiful, moving, “intoxicatingly sexy” or in other words a queer masterpiece.
“Is it better to speak or to die ?” is the core question at the heart of the film and of all queer narratives, taken from Marguerite of Navarre’s The Heptameron.
In 1980s Italy, Elio is a 17-years old American, a music prodigy, ignorant about love, ignorant about sex and impatiently waiting to bloom. Oliver was flown in by Elio’s father, a renown professor of Greco-Roman culture, to assist him with his research. He is arrogant, eager and ambitious but dangerously handsome.
Guadagnino is no stranger to tragic erotic love stories. In A Bigger Splash and I Am Love, he absorbed his audience with stylized Italian scenery, extreme close-ups, and dazzling performances (Ralph Fiennes’ rock n roll performance in A Bigger Splash was memorable).
Could this be the new LGBT phenomenon, following in the footsteps of Carol and Moonlight?
Call Me By Your Name, which stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, premiered in the Premieres Section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year.