Call Me by Your Name, tale of gay love in Italy, nominated for four Oscars

Call Me by Your Name, a film telling the story of a gay romance in the northern Italian countryside, has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.

Call Me by Your Name, tale of gay love in Italy, nominated for four Oscars
Luca Guadagnino, the Italian director of Call Me by Your Name. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP

The English-language film, based on a novel by Egyptian-American author André Aciman, was written by James Ivory – of Merchant Ivory fame – and directed by an Italian, Luca Guadagnino. 

It is nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Actor for its young lead, Timothée Chalamet, and Best Original Song for Mystery of Love by Sufjan Stevens, who wrote three songs for the film. 

Shot on location in Crema, Lombardy, the film tells the story of Elio, a 17-year-old American boy living with his parents in northern Italy, who has a summer romance with Oliver, a grad student who comes to work with his academic father. 

It stars a cast of American, French and Italian actors. 

Its Sicilian-born director is best known for I Am Love, a 2010 family drama starring Tilda Swinton as the English wife of a Milan businessman. 

His film's nomination is the closest Italy will get to the Oscars this year: its entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category, A Ciambra, did not make the shortlist. 

The only other Italian presence at the 90th Academy Awards is Alessandra Querzola, a set designer nominated for her work on the Hollywood sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049.

Most Italians won't be watching the ceremony anyhow: the winners will be announced on March 4th – the same day as the Italian election.


French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Lost in Frenchlation, a film club that screens French films with English subtitles in Paris, is returning to cinemas this weekend after holding virtual screenings during lockdown.

French film club for English speakers returns to cinemas

Wednesday saw the reopening of cafés, restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas in France since October.

This means that Lost in Frenchlation can return to cinemas, and film buffs who struggle to watch French movies without English subtitles can meet up again this weekend at the Luminor Hotel de Ville where the first screening is taking place this Sunday.

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What’s on the programme?

The first event taking place on Sunday, May 23rd is a screening of Albert Dupontel’se César awarded film “Adieu les cons” (Bye bye Morons), a comedy drama about a woman who tries to find her long-lost child with a help of a man in the middle of a burnout and a blind archivist.

On Sunday, May 30th there will be a Mother’s Day special screening of “Énorme”, comedy, starring Marina Foïs and Jonathan Cohen, at Club de l’Étoile in the 17th arrondissement in Paris. 

On Saturday, May 22nd, there will be a virtual screening of “Joli Mai” by Chris Marker (1963) which inspired the documentary film Le Joli Mai 2020. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Chris Marker specialist & journalist Jean-Michel Frodon.

Lost in Frenchlation is a company that sets up screenings of recent French film releases with English subtitles to give Paris’s large international community access to French culture and meet others in the same situation.

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