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'Call Me by Your Name' Wins Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA's

The 2018 BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) were held last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.  The award ceremony recognizes the best of the best in film from the past year, and includes special awards presented to British stars and films for their efforts.

The show, which was hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, is seen as the penultimate of award ceremonies, as it is the last major one to happen prior to the Academy Awards, which are taking place on March 8th.

Call Me by Your Name, which details a romance between a 24-year-old student named Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) and Elio (played by Timothée Chlalamet), the 17-year-old son of Oliver’s mentor and exchange host, won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay last night. James Ivory, who wrote the adapted screenplay, accepted the award for the film.  He is also up for an Oscar for his efforts, which is his first for writing (the previous three nominations have been for directing).

Another LGBTQ movie won big last night, as The Handmaiden won for Best Film Not in the English Language.  Other LGBTQ related films, like Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, came up empty even though they had nominations in the Best Actress category (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf). 

'Call Me By Your Name' Sequel Will Deal With AIDS Crisis

A few weeks ago we reported that director Luca Guadagnino was entertaining the idea of giving acclaimed film Call Me By Your Name a series of films. We all went nuts over the idea of this happening. Whether you are on board with the idea or you absolutely hate it, up until recently, Guadagnino hadn’t said much more about the concept. But now with CMBYN and Timothée Chalamet garnering some HUGE nominations for the 90th Academy Awards and other major honors, Guadagnino has seems to really be taking this seriously.

As it was previously known, the book from which CMBYN was adapted goes to speak about the Elio and Oliver for the next twenty years, but the director didn’t want to include these years in the film. However, with the hype the film has received, Guadagnino would like to revisit these years.

The director spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and has shared more information about the plan to continue CMBYN.

In the novel, the AIDS epidemic became a focal point of the story and it seems the film’s director will elevate the next film to deal with this crisis.

Luca Guadagnino share with THR:

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].

Once More is a film from 1988 about a man who falls in love with a another man after he leaves his wife, which was the first French movie to deal with AIDS.

Guadagnino also commented:

The novel has 40 pages at the end that goes through the next 20 years of the lives of Elio and Oliver, so there is some sort of indication through the intention of author Andre Aciman that the story can continue. In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter of the chronicles of the life of these people that we met in this movie, and 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?

There is still no confirmation as to whether Call Me By Your Name will receive follow-up films, but with based on how much success it is receiving, it is likely that we may see Elio and Oliver again on screen.

The revival of the film with a sequel could help or hinder the following. Call Me By Your Name has been such a pivotal film with poignant LGBTQ storytelling. If there are follow-up films, we hope they will live up to the beauty that is Call Me By Your Name. Also, more Armie Hammer in short shorts.

'Call Me By Your Name' Could Become A Series of Films

Great news for Call Me By Your Name fans! The film that has been making audiences swoon time and time again could be seeing some follow-up films that will chronicle the lives of Elio and Oliver post-the original cinematic story. The film was adapted from the novel Call Me By Your Name by author André Aciman, but opted to end the story where it did. But since the acclaim and award nominations the film is receiving, director Luca Guadagnino is seriously considering bringing taking these two characters to their original heights in the novel and finishing this story with more films. Sequel? Trilogy? The film made tons of money for such a small release!

Guadagnino spoke with The Guardian and shared some thoughts about this topic:

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 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.

Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but since Guadagnino has mentioned even this much, it’s enough to get excited! This film is the stuff I fawned over while in film school, gut-wrenching, raw, uncomfortable at times—but beautiful. I think what really did this, though, is Timothée Chalamet’s and Armie Hammer’s performances that swept us off our feet! And those nude scenes? OMG! It’s difficult when such an important film gets a sequel or follow-up films, however—it’s dangerous territory and this could ruin the characters.

What do you think? Should Call Me By Your Name get a series of films or should it be left as the cult LGBT masterpiece that it is?

And if you haven’t seen this film—how can you even start your 2018?


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