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The Naughton Gallery presents Call Me By Your Name as part of its SCREEN/PRINT series in collaboration with UsFolk, featuring a Q&A and free posters by illustrator Mel Carroll.
In every way as languorous and seductive as its North Italian setting, Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of Andre Aciman's coming-of-age novel is a sun-kissed, cinematic ode to the ecstasy and exquisite pain of first love.
Timothee 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 (Michael Stuhlbarg), an antiquities professor. While Oliver slips effortlessly into the heady rhythm of the Italian summer - al fresco dining, bicycle riders and midnight swims - Elio's casual flirtation with local girlfriend Maria (Esther Garrell) is soon eclipsed by a more sensual, volatile attraction.
From Elio's amusingly bad-tempered renditions of Bach to The Psychedelic Furs' Love My Way and three perfectly attuned songs by Sufjan Stevens, 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.
Screening as part of QFT’s LGBT History Month season, Call Me By Your Name is presented in collaboration with PRISM, Queen’s LGBT Staff Network.
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