Luca Guadagnino chats directing ‘Call Me By Your Name’: How the audience can ‘experience the journey’ of characters in Italy [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“Space is a character in my movie, whether it’s Italy or any other place,” confesses director and producer Luca Guadagnino about his latest film “Call Me By Your Name.” In our recent webcam interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “I tend to make sure that you as an audience can experience the journey of a character in his physicality and not only in his emotional journey. How do you understand someone if you cannot put into context the figure to the landscape: For me, that’s really crucial.”

In this Sony Pictures Classics release set for November 24, Timothee Chalamet plays Elio Perlman, a 17-year-old American living with his family in Italy during 1983. An older American graduate student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives to stay with the family and work alongside Elio’s father Lyle (Michael Stuhlbarg), a Greco-Roman culture professor. Elio and Oliver begin a romantic and then sexual relationship throughout the summer. The movie is written by three-time Oscar-nominated director James Ivory (“A Room with a View,” 1985; “Howard’s End,” 1992; “The Remains of the Day,” 1993).

Guadagnino is a cinephile and fan of awards. He says, “We are already so humbled by the entire experience. We go to Sundance, Toronto, New York, London, and we get love! What’s best to be beloved by people, to be recognized by people. I take very seriously all this process. I think it’s a part of my work, and it’s part of what cinema is. The capacity of a community to group together and recognize the work of member of this community, it’s fascinating, astonishing.” In our chat, he tells the story of screaming through his entire house when Jonathan Demme and “Silence of the Lambs” won Oscars at the 1992 ceremony.

On Tuesday, “Call Me By Your Name” received Independent Spirit Awards nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chalamet), Best Supporting Actor (Hammer), Best Editing (Walter Fasano), and Best Cinematography (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom). It also competes at the Gotham Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Ivory), Best Actor (Chalamet), and the Audience Award.

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