“I believed in this project and I didn’t want to see it go,” he says. Call Me by Your Name is a love story, in its most unadulterated form.Elio is the 17-year-old boy whose narration guides us in Aciman’s novel, as he meets Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student come to stay for the summer at Elio’s father’s Italian villa.
“I knew the emotional journey they were going through.
Butterflies in the stomach is the most beautiful feeling you can feel, no?
For those who fall for it, Call Me by Your Name makes them fall hard.
So much so that when their friends share those feelings, their reactions make it feel like the novel is somehow being adulterous.
He started where he usually does; he leaned into his cinephilia.
The films that sprang to mind: Jean Renoir’s A Day in the Country, Bertolucci’s La Luna, Rohmer’s 80s films like The Green Ray and Pauline à la Plage (Call Me is set in 1982).
So I give a great level of importance to the concept of falling in love.” Instead, perhaps, it was resignation that made him take the helm.
Guadagnino had been attached to the adaptation of André Aciman’s delirious summer romance for nearly a decade—first as a consultant, then an executive producer, then a writer—when he finally took the plunge into directing it.
“He showed up at my place in Crema, and we started working together.
It took us a year of back-and-forth between Crema and New York, and we started from scratch.
” But he is not alone in finding this kind of connection with the story.