In Call Me by Your Name, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Guadagnino captures what first love feels like, in all its fumbling, awkward, confusing, terrifying, joyous glory. This is the third piece in our Special Issue on the film. Read the rest of the issue here.
Luca Guadagnino’s new film, Call Me by Your Name, is also his sweetest, calmest, and loveliest. It sneaks up on you. For 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer), it’s both lust at first sight and a winding journey to each other — on bikes and in the water, through physical teasing and gentle intellectual one-upmanship in the Northern Italian countryside, summer 1983. Throughout, Guadagnino captures what first love feels like, in all its fumbling, awkward, confusing, terrifying, joyous glory.
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2017 was a terrific year for queer cinema, starting at the Sundance Film Festival. We loved God’s Own Country, which we also dedicated a Special Issue to. We were impressed by Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats, and talked to her about her approach to mise en scene. We were also intrigued by how The Wound explores the way colonialism brought with it homophobia. Finally, we looked at the landscape of queer cinema for the year at the InsideOut Film Festival in Toronto and the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.