#CallMeByYourName

Queer Eye Star Karamo Brown Calls Out "Call Me By Your Name" For Its Predatory Nature

Queer Eye’s culture expert Karamo Brown has a thing or two to say about Call Me By Your Name.

While fans are excitedly awaiting the sequel novel to the original book and a potential sequel movie to the 2017 film, Brown says he’s not a fan of the original movie.

Talking to Insider, Brown shares that he’s not fond of the story glorying a relationship with such a clear age difference.

"I’ve worked with many survivors of sexual assault, especially in the LGBTQ community, which often times goes unreported. And so the minute I saw that movie, I thought, ‘Here we are glorifying this sort of relationship,'” he said.

“I know we’re calling him a college student, but it looks like a grown man having sex with a little boy. And for me, I just was not OK with that. And I was like, ‘Why are we pretending like this is OK in any sense? Fashion or form?'”

He then added:

"I haven't read the book, but I understand that the college student character is like, 19 years old [Oliver is 24 in the book]. And so the relationship between him and this 17-year-old boy — I guess it 'makes more sense,' and I'm doing air quotations there," Brown said. "But there is predatory behavior there that I see, especially in the movie, where Armie Hammer looks dramatically older than this young man."

"I think to myself, 'If that was an older man, or a perceived college student who looked that much older with a 16 or 17-year-old girl, we would have all had a hissy fit.' We would have recognized that this is a problem. But for some reason, because it was two men, we're just like, 'Oh, well this is just exploration,'" Brown continued.

This is an argument that’s come around several times since the first trailer for the film dropped. Let's look at what both sides of this argument are saying.

In the novel and movie's story, 17-year-old Jewish-Italian boy Elio is 17-year-old when 24-year-old graduate student Oliver stays at his Italian villa for the summer. In the film, Elio was played by then 20-year-old Timothée Chalamet and Oliver was played by then 29-year-old Armie Hammer.

Many, like Brown, balk at the fictional age difference. After all, a 24-year-old graduate student will have a totally different mindset, world perspective, and place in the world than a 17-year-old. 

Others have argued that during the story's time period, 1983, the age of consent in Italy was 14-years-old. Plus, Slate senior editor Jeffrey Bloomer argues that we shouldn't deny any chance of a loving/consensual relationship based on our own biases.

"We need to resist the revulsion that often comes with thinking about sexual relationships outside the idealized 'charmed circle' (of the straight, married, same-age sort) and consider the specifics of the situation," Bloomer wrote. "That's not to give cover to pedophilia or any other form of violation, but to acknowledge that human desire can be far more complex and intractable than we might like to admit. Not every relationship removed from our comfort zone is abuse."

The film's cast/staff argues that the script doesn't divulge into a “problematic” or “predatory” storyline.

"Outside the context of the movie [that question] makes more sense. But when you see the film and read the book it is so not part of the equation,” Chalamet said in a Metro USA interview last year when asked if there was a predatory nature to the relationship.

He added: “That’s a conversation worth having after people have seen the film. But everyone in my experience who has seen it hasn’t had that conversation. Because the relationship couldn’t be more consensual and full of love.”

While some may feel uneasy with the age difference on paper, the real problem was with the film's depiction of Oliver. Specifically, the real problem is in the casting for the film.

Let’s face it, Armie Hammer just doesn’t look like a 24-year-old. The casting of Hammer ultimately creates this “predatory” and “problematic” look to the film. Because of this, Karamo Brown’s argument is completely justifiable. 

Despite Call Me By Your Name’s well-meaning attempt at exploring sexual awakening and self-realization, the poor casting of the film will eternally upend it.

'Call Me By Your Name' Author André Aciman Says He's Writing A Sequel Novel

Call Me By Your Name’s author announced that he’s working on a sequel to the celebrated novel.

While a sequel to the Oscar-nominated film is allegedly in the works, it looks like a second novel is also moving forward.

Acclaimed novelist André Aciman randomly posted to Twitter that he is interested in a second look at characters Elio and Oliver, but he isn’t just waiting for Hollywood to do it. Aciman says he wants to write about the characters himself.

“I would actually love a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. In fact I am writing one,” the author wrote.

Earlier, Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory shared that he didn’t approve of a second film, but could see it happening only if Aciman agreed.

“No, I don’t and I wouldn’t want to be involved. I can’t imagine having to make Timothée Chalamet look 45. I mean, that would be horrendous and so fake looking if that’s what they are going to do!”

“But any case, André Aciman just laughed at the idea to me. He said it was not a good idea. They can’t do a sequel, I think, without him being on board. It’s his characters and his story. But that seems to have died down a bit. I haven’t heard much about it lately.”

Now with Aciman working on a second novel, perhaps the film’s production will wait until the source material is published. If that’s so, Chalamet will have naturally aged a couple years. Maybe then, aging up Elio won’t look so terrible.

Despite Ivory’s concerns, Twitter users celebrated Aciman’s announcement. This includes Armie Hammer.

Armie Hammer Is Sure A Call Me By Your Name Sequel "Will Happen"

Armie Hammer says there’s definitely a Call Me By Your Name sequel in the works.

While speaking to Variety at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Hammer shared that he knows that creatives are working on the sequel to the 217 hit film.

“It will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen.”

But, Hammer said that he’s not personally involved with the film at this time. Even further, he has been told to tell very little about the project.

“How much do I know and how much could I tell you are two very different things,” he said.

“More than anything I trust the artistic direction to Luca and [novelist] André Aciman and to those guys who did such a good job handling it the first time around,” he also aded before saying, "I know a lot, but I can’t tell you anything.”

At the start of this year, film director Luca Guadagnino spread the idea that the sequel would follow an older Elio as he experienced the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s.

“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I'd like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali's Once More. That could be the first scene [in the sequel],” Guadagnino said on the subject.

That said, screenwriter James Ivory later shared his doubts about the possibilities of a sequel while at the BAFTA awards.

“I heard about it. I don’t know how you could make such sequels if they’re far in the future.”

He added: “It’s not possible to make Timothée [Chalamet] look likes he’s 40. All the make-up in the world and the rest of it and changing voice is not going to do it. I don’t know how.

“No one has contacted me. You have to think, ‘What does André Aciman think about that?’ It’s his creation. No one seems to know how he feels about it.”

Now that Armie Hammer confirms that plans are being made for a sequel, we can be sure that director Guadagnino and a few other creatives/executives are in favor of continuing the story. That said, projects are created all the time and fail to become reality.

While Hammer has confirmed the film is, at least, a living project right now, us fans should remain patient and wait it out in the darkness.

Pack Up Because An LGBTQ Touring Company Is Offering A "Call Me By Your Name" Tour

Are you a fan of Call Me By Your Name? Well, it might be time to live out the movie you so wonderfully enjoy.

Quiiky Tours is the first Italian company to specialize in LGBTQ-themed travel. According to NewNowNext, the company has announced that they’re now offering a Call Me By Your Name themed tour.

Call Me By Your Name was an Oscar winning film from last year that focused on a Jewish-Italian boy named Elio (played by Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet) as he explored his sexuality and fell in love with a man, 24-year-old graduate student Oliver played by Armie Hammer, for the first time.

Now, fans of the movie can explore the real-life backdrops from scenes in the movie like Milan, Crema, Garda Lake, Verona, Venice, and Bergamo.

Fans will be able to sit at the same table where Elio and Oliver relaxed in Crema’s Duomo Square. They’ll also get to take bicycle tours in the Lodi countryside before dancing to “Love My Way” in Bergamo. Heads up though, you won't be able to visit the villa where Elio's family lived because that building's being sold.

If this all sounds interesting to you, here’s some info you'll need to know before you start planning your tour.

Tour prices start at €1,990 (about $2,300) per person. That price includes 9 days and 8 nights in Italy, hotel stays, car rental for driving around, 8 buffet breakfasts, a guided tour through most of the cities and towns, entrance to museums, entrance to archeological sites, wine tastings, and other accommodations.

If all of this sounds interesting to you, you can click here to start your Call Me By Your Name tour.

h/t: NewNowNext

Screenwriter 'Disappointed' About the Lack of Full-Frontal Nudity in 'Call Me By Your Name'

Something that was glaringly missing in the Oscar-winning film Call Me by Your Name was any sort of full-frontal nudity, and screenwriter James Ivory has called out director Luca Guadagnino about his decision to not include scenes that featured it.

Guadagnino has said in past interviews that he called his decision to not include any nudity from its stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet "irrelevant".  It's something that Ivory, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, disagreed with as he mentioned that he discussed this issue with Guadagnino at length.

“When Luca says he never thought of putting nudity in, that is totally untrue,” he told The Guardian.  “He sat in this very room where I am sitting now, talking about how he would do it, so when he says that it was a conscious aesthetic decision not to — well, that’s just bulls**t."

“When people are wandering around before or after making love, and they’re decorously covered with sheets, it’s always seemed phoney to me. I never liked doing that. And I don’t do it, as you know.”

“To me, that’s a more natural way of doing things than to hide them, or to do what Luca did, which is to pan the camera out of the window toward some trees.”

It may not have been Guadagnino's total decision, as reports suggest that full-frontal nudity was barred in both Hammer and Chalamet's contract.

 

 

"Call Me By Your Name Was Taken Out Of Beijing's Film Festival," Says Sony Pictures Classics

A Chinese film festival has pulled Oscar-winning Call Me By Your Name from its program.

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the film’s distributor, shared the news with Reuters that its film was taken off the roster of the Beijing International Film Festival. The film was set to play along other international films like Lean on Pete and The Square.

Unfortunately, there was no explanation as to why the film was taken off the showing list, including requests for the festival organizers and the country’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television to comment, but many believe its because of China’s unstable views on homosexuality.

Call Me By Your Name follows the budding romance between a 17-year-old Jewish-Italian boy and an archeology student in his mid-twenties.

“There is no clear policy on this issue, so we are always confused,” said Xin Ying, executive director of the Beijing LGBT Centre, to Reuters.

While homosexuality is not illegal in China, the country’s government is constantly shuffling its views and policy on gay representation in media and gay people, or allies, congregating in the open.

Last year, China censored gay content in the film Alien: Convenant, and stated strict limits on gay content found on the internet. In addition, Chinese officials shut down a gay rights conference before it could even get started, and police forced parents of gay people to leave a matchmaking event.

Meanwhile, the creator of the biggest gay dating app in the world, Blued, says that the government specifically approves of his business, and Beauty and the Beast’s “gay moment” went unedited in China.

All of that, plus this newest development of Call Me By Your Name being pulled from Beijing’s film festival just adds to the confusion of the country’s citizens.

Perhaps that will soon change as China’s government shifts under President Xi Jinping. Earlier this month, China’s Parliament voted to take away term limits for the President and allow him to rule indefinitely. In addition, control over film, news and publishing officially became the jurisdiction of the Communist Party’s publicity department.

But, with President Xi Jinping’s party being in true power, we’ll see if they will be supportive of LGBTQ people in China or make things worse for them.

h/t: Reuters

Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?

Is It Time To Move Forward From Coming Out Stories?


Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Sexuality?

SIMON SAYS! Okay, I’m so excited for every moment of LGBTQ screen time we may receive in film and television. We’ve experienced groundbreaking series such as Queer as Folk and The L-Word, on top of having the original and rebooted Will and Grace. As iconic as these series, among others, have been – why don’t we see many more of them seemingly recreated in film? I cannot help but feel each time a majorly distributed LGBTQ film appears – with tens across the board might I add – it’s always about a coming out story. Are you getting sick and tired of having to rewatch your youth over and over again!?


Don’t come for me just yet. To echo my earlier statement, I’m incredibly happy the LGBTQ community is getting their voices out into the world through film and television in general. I wouldn’t take back the success of LGBTQ cinema we’ve had in the last few years, but I cannot help but feel Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, and the upcoming Love, Simon are all rehashing the same topic: Coming out of the closet or discovering yourself through your homosexuality. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of it. How many times do I have to watch essentially the same character battling his sexuality with an overbearing parent and some self-quarrel of his feelings for men? And you know, it’s not really comforting knowing allegedly heterosexual actors are portraying the gay characters we experience. Playing gay appears to gain someone a nomination from the Academy, but perhaps that’s a different topic of another day.


Yes, the latest string of LGBTQ films have been highlights for the community and the globe. However, can we please get through into Hollywood that as interesting as coming out is: How about showcasing the life of adult, LGBTQ characters who are, you know, quite comfortable with their sexuality and aren’t battling their emotions. I want to witness a strong, powerhouse, gay character who knows what he wants and goes after it. I’m begging to see someone take inspiration from the magic of Queer as Folk and put that wizardry into an Oscar nominated film. The LGBTQ community can be more impact, and more human, than just by simply coming out of the closet.


This post is the opinion of this contributing writer to Instinct Magazine. Opinion pieces do not always reflect the stance of the magazine or the other contributing writers.

Someone Made An '80s Style Trailer For "Call Me By Your Name"

While it looks like Director Luca Guadagnino’s dream of a 1980s sequel for Call Me By Your Name is still up in the air, we are getting a glimpse at what an ‘80s version of the film would look like.

A small Youtube Channel called Malcolm Edits decided to upload a quirky edited version of the film’s trailer. Taking notes from classic movie trailers from the ‘80s, the Youtube channel then cut away before it had a new parody trailer for the Oscar nominated film.

As the video’s creator explains:

 “Call Me By Your Name was probably my favorite movie this year, and as a gay guy, I kept thinking about how much I wish we’d had a movie like it when I was growing up. But then I realized that it’s probably better that it wasn’t made back then.”

Want to see the short, sweet, and fun trailer yourself? You can watch it down below.

Will 'Call Me by Your Name' Win Any Oscars at Tonight's Ceremony?

The 90th Annual Academy Awards takes place tonight at 8:00 PM EST on ABC.  The perennial show, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, honors the best of the best in filmmaking over the past year.

One of the most talked about films that has several nominations tonight is Call Me by Your Name, the Luca Guadagnino directed film about a gay romance blossoming between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

The film has four nominations at tonight's ceremony: Best Picture, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Best Original Song (Sufjan Stevens "Mystery of Love").

Two major categories that the film failed to secure nominations in is Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer) and Best Achievement in Directing (Luca Guadagnino).  Regardless, the film has already received close to 70 awards outside of the show tonight, but does that mean they have a chance at winning one... or anything come Oscar time?

According to GoldDerby, it looks good for CMBYN in one particular category: Best Adapted Screenplay.  James picked up this award last week at the 2018 BAFTA Awards, and it looks like his continued luck will secure him Oscar gold at tonight's ceremony. They have him winning this award easily, as CMBYN is listed at the top of the pack from each expert.

For Best Actor, it may not be Timothee's night but don't count him out yet.  GoldDerby's expert pool has him listed right behind who many think will win tonight: Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour. Timothee did pick up the Best Actor award last night at the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards, however it's Gary's game to lose as he has won mostly everything up until this point.  Nothing wrong with an upset though.

Same goes with Best Original Song, as it looks to be a close call between "This is Me" from The Greatest Showman and "Remember Me" from Coco. The silver lining in all of this is that if "This is Me" wins, it will be a victory for the LGBT community as Benj Pasek is nominated for writing the song.  It will be a back to back win for him in this category as well, as he won for "City of Stars" from La La Land last year.

Finally: Best Picture, which looks to be heading the way of either Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out and The Shape of Water based on expert predictions.  So by day's end, CMBYN should secure at least one Oscar with the hopes that Timothee can pull off a major upset for Best Actor.  Here's to hoping. 

 

 

'Call Me By Your Name' BANNED In Tunisia

A screening of 'Call Me By Your Name' has been banned by the Tunisian government. The decision has not been taken well by the films distributor Lassaad Goubantini, who said the banning was “an attack on liberties” motivated by “the subject of the film”.

The film, which follows the love story between a 17-year-old and an older family friend, was deemed as unacceptable, as it is illegal to be gay in Tunisia.

Goubantini continued 

“We filed an application for authorisation with the ministry of culture,” said Goubantini.

“We even proposed a viewing in exceptional circumstances before the screening to know if it would go ahead or not, (but) we were refused a permit.”

The film has seen success worldwide, being nominated for four Academy Awards this year.