call me by your name sequel

Call Me By Your Name just landed four Academy Award nominations, but rather than sit back and bask in all that glorious acclaim, director Luca Guadagnino is already thinking about the sequel. Instead of repeating the same formula as the first film, Guadagnino is looking to change things up, and he already has a brand new setting for the Call Me By Your Name sequel in mind.

Call Me By Your Name is set somewhere in northern Italy in 1983, but if you were hoping the proposed sequel would take you forward in time a bit, you’re in luck. Speaking with Collider, Guadagnino revealed that the action would take place after the fall of the Berlin wall, which was in 1989:

“I think the next chapter it will be happening right after the fall of Berlin wall and that great shift that was the end of Russia, of the USSR, sorry. And we’ll see people leaving home and going in the world. That’s what I can say for now.”

Setting the sequel around the time of the fall of the Berlin wall is certainly an interesting idea, and already conjures up an entirely different atmosphere for the film compared to the original’s sun-dappled summer mood. This also implies the film will move beyond the “somewhere in Northern Italy” setting.

In Call Me By Your Name, 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) falls in love with his father’s new assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) over the course of one long, lazy summer. Tension, romance, and creative uses for peaches follow. Guadagnino first said that he planned on having the sequel ready for 2020:

“The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.”

Later, the filmmaker revealed plans not just for one sequel, but multiple films that keep returning to these two characters:

“These characters are so fantastic, and I want to know what happens to them. The last 40 pages of the book tell you about 20 years in the life of Oliver and Elio. So I started to think about Michael Apted’s Up, and the cycle of films [Francois] Truffaut devoted to the character of Antoine Doinel. And I thought, maybe it’s not a question of sequel, it’s a question of chronicling everyone in this film. I think seeing these characters growing in the bodies of these actors will be quite fantastic.”

If you still haven’t seen Call Me By Your Name yet, you should really seek it out. It’s now playing in theaters everywhere. Perhaps this video clip of Armie Hammer dancing will convince you if you’re still on the fence.

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