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Panorama Special

Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman (Author), Peter Spears (Producer), Esther Garrel (Actress), Amira Casar (Actress), Armie Hammer (Actor), Timothée Chalamet (Actor), Luca Guadagnino (Director, Screenwriter), Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno

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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.

Luca Guadagnino

Italy / France 2017

English, Italian, French, German

130’ · Colour


Armie Hammer (Oliver)
Timothée Chalamet (Elio Perlman)
Michael Stuhlbarg (Mr. Perlman)
Amira Casar (Annella Perlman)
Esther Garrel (Marzia)
Victoire Du Bois (Chiara)


Luca Guadagnino
James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino, Walter Fasano
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Walter Fasano
Yves-Marie Omnes, Jean Pierre Laforce
Production Design
Samuel Deshors
Art Director
Roberta Federico
Post-Production Supervisor
Sacha Guttenstein
Line Producer
Stella Savino
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman
Executive Producers
Tom Dolby, Naima Abed, Nicholas Kaiser, Lourenço Sant'Anna, Sophie Mas, Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Derek Simonds, Margarethe Baillou
Giulia Piersanti


Luca Guadagnino

Born in Palermo, Italy in 1971, he is a director, screenwriter and producer who gained international renown with his film Io sono l’amore (I am Love) which premiered at Venice, was nominated for a Golden Globe and screened in the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section in 2010. He also works as a director for documentaries and opera. In 2012 he founded the Frenesy Film production company.

Filmography (selection)

1999 The Protagonists 2002 Mundo Civilizado; documentary 2004 Cuoco Contadino; documentary 2005 Melissa P. 2010 Io sono l'amore (I Am Love); IFB Culinary Cinema 2013 Bertolucci on Bertolucci; documentary 2015 A Bigger Splash 2017 Call Me by Your Name

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

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World Sales

Memento Films International
Paris, France
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Sony Pictures Classics
New York, USA
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