“It’s a universal story,” divulges “Call Me By Your Name” editor Walter Fasano during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). “It deals with what happens in life’s first love, and… all the turmoil in the life-changing experience of a coming of age tale.” Directed by Luca Guadagnino, this Sony Pictures Classics release stars Timothée Chalamet as Elio, a teenager in Northern Italy who begins a relationship with a visiting American student (Armie Hammer). “I don’t think it’s tied necessarily to a homosexual relationship,” adds Fasano. “It’s more universal, because Elio’s exploration of sexuality in the movie is wider.”
When it comes to his work, Fasano reveals, “I feel quite free to do whatever I want… since I have a huge respect for the footage and for the performances, and for the work of the other filmmakers.” He continues, “if you respect people you work with, you feel free to handle things, because ultimately the editor is the one who gets all the things and bakes them together.” Fasano allows himself “to resonate with the material, and to find things that are dealing with your feelings the most.” For “Call Me By Your Name,” “we tried to cut not so much, as a kind of plan, and sometimes to be abrupt” in order to convey “the way things sometimes happen in life.”
Fasano has been a frequent collaborator of Guadagnino’s for 20 years. The two have worked together on such films as “I Am Love” (2009), “A Bigger Splash” (2015), and the upcoming “Suspiria.” Fasano recently received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work on “Call Me By Your Name.”
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