It’s the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family's seventeenth century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming, 24-year-old American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of this sensual setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will change their lives forever.
The latest film by Luca Guadagnino (I AM LOVE, HIFF 2010) is adapted from the novel by André Aciman, with a screenplay by Guadagnino and James Ivory. Luminous performances from Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and a break-out turn from Timothée Chalamet buoy Guadagnino’s gorgeously realized coming-of-age drama. An instant classic, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME bolsters Guadagnino’s rightful reputation as one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le