Producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman had optioned the book before it was published in 2007, and were working with another director to mount the project.They had reached out to Guadagnino because the book is set in Italy and he knew the filmmaking landscape of his home country.Certainly, there is a cross-generational controversy ready to ruffle some feathers, but that feels almost incidental.As Elio and Oliver’s attraction deepens, moralistic arguments seem weightless.“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.“I knew the emotional journey they were going through.
Guadagnino couldn’t deny the pleasure of elevating his level of involvement with each new turn in the road, and working with Ivory on the script was a joy.
Clients, colleagues and participants interested in setting a meeting, please email our Creative and Market Coordinator, Josh Blank to schedule a time. “It was not about falling in love,” he says of the ultimate decision he made to direct his new film, Call Me by Your Name.
“I fell in love once in my life, and I have been with the same person since.
“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.