Anticipated Sundance Film “Call Me By Your Name” Sells to Sony Pictures Classics

Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer appear in Call Me by Your Name by Luca Guadagnino, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute.

Call Me By Your Name, an anticipated independent film set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival on January 22nd, has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

Variety reports that the new romantic drama, based on the 2007 novel from Andre Aciman, secured worldwide rights for close to $6 million.

The film follows a love affair between a teenage boy and a man in his twenties (played by Armie Hammer of The Social Network fame) after they meet in Italy in the 1980s. I recall hearing about the book when it was published and the backlash it received from hate groups concerning the nature of the homosexual relationship and the sexually-charged scenes depicted in the novel.

It would seem that the film adaptation will also face its tribulations as more close-minded and hateful people have already insisted upon a boycott. To those people, I say if you don’t want to see the movie, don’t see the movie, but some people don’t get it and insist on spewing hate.

I’m curious to see how much of the novel made its way into the adaptation, and we are sure to hear more about the film when it premieres at Sundance later this month.

So what do you think? Is Sony Pictures Classics making a bold move on a possible Oscar contender for 2018? Let me know.


-Kyle A. Goethe

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