- Luca Guadagnino
- 132 min
- First aired
- Start Date
- 27 Oct 2017
- End Date
- 03 Nov 2017
Adaopted by James Ivory (of Merchant/Ivory mega-fame) from a novel by Andre Aciman, this is being called one of the best films of the year, and is being featured at the London Film Festival 2017.
The Festival catalogue has this to say and we’re waiting with baited breath here!
In every way as languorous and seductive as its North Italian setting, Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) adaptation of André Aciman’s coming-of-age novel is a sun-kissed, cinematic ode to the ecstasy and exquisite pain of first love. Timothée Chalamet is riveting as Elio, a musically gifted 17-year-old whose idyllic summer break takes a tumultuous turn when Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives to stay at the family palazzo. The physical embodiment of ancient Greco-Roman beauty, Oliver is an all-American doctoral student on a 6-week research trip working with Elio’s father, an antiquities professor.
While Oliver slips effortlessly into the heady rhythm of the Italian summer – al fresco dining, bicycle rides and midnight swims – Elio’s casual flirtation with local girlfriend Marzia (Esther Garrel) is soon eclipsed by a more sensual, volatile attraction.
From Elio’s renditions of a Bach capriccio to The Psychedelic Furs’ anthemic Love My Way, this is a film that luxuriates in classical art, poetry and music as much as it relishes the candy-coloured new romance of its early 80s setting. Guadagnino, working from a screenplay by James Ivory, lingers on fleeting moments of desire, jealousy and affirmation, giving a sublime depth to Elio’s transcendent and ravishingly queer awakening.
(preview writer, Claire Stewart)
There’s a great trailer here: http://www.sonypictures.co.uk/