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Call Me By Your Name director says AIDS will be ‘relevant’ in sequel

Call Me By Your Name director says AIDS will be ‘relevant’ in sequel

Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2017.

Recently, it garnered four Oscar nominations for this year’s ceremony.

Since it first began gaining attention at festivals as an awards contender, there has been talk of a sequel (or two).

People compare possible sequels to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. That series explores the relationship between Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) every nine years. It meets them as idealistic young adults, following them into a more disillusioned middle-age.

While still drawing similar comparisons, Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino revealed more specific details about a sequel.

AIDS will be relevant

The movies takes place in 1983, around the time people discovered HIV. Its novel counterpart, however, written by Andre Aciman, takes place in 1987, at the height of the epidemic.

While the first movie didn’t touch on AIDS at all, Guadagnino told The Hollywood Reporter will be ‘very relevant’ to the sequel.

Furthermore, the novel has an extra 40 pages that the movie leaves out. It details the next 20 years of Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and Oliver’s (Armie Hammer) lives.

‘So there is some sort of indication through the intention of author Andre Aciman that the story can continue,’ Guadagnino said.

‘In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter,’ he continued explaining. ‘If the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want — and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?’

He pictures Elio becoming a cinephile in the next movie and watching Paul Vecchiali’s Once more. The 1988 film follows a man who falls in love with another man after leaving his wife. It was the first French film to explore the topic of AIDS.