Producers Peter Spears and Howard Rosenman had optioned the book before it was published in 2007, and were working with another director to mount the project.They had reached out to Guadagnino because the book is set in Italy and he knew the filmmaking landscape of his home country.For those who fall for it, Call Me by Your Name makes them fall hard.So much so that when their friends share those feelings, their reactions make it feel like the novel is somehow being adulterous.Clients, colleagues and participants interested in setting a meeting, please email our Creative and Market Coordinator, Josh Blank to schedule a time. “It was not about falling in love,” he says of the ultimate decision he made to direct his new film, Call Me by Your Name.“I fell in love once in my life, and I have been with the same person since.” But he is not alone in finding this kind of connection with the story.The book’s fans are diehard, and you don’t have to be gay, or Jewish, or to have summered in Italy, to remember the stomach-churning joys of first desire.
“The book is about this specific place called Bordighera,” Guadagnino explains. We showed them the Bordighera village and a possible house that could meet the storyline.” Later on, he says, “we imagined a different setting; Sicily.” When the original director dropped out, they went to another and another, and the dance of seduction lasted varying lengths of time with each, until all of those suitors fell away.
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So I give a great level of importance to the concept of falling in love.” Instead, perhaps, it was resignation that made him take the helm.
Guadagnino had been attached to the adaptation of André Aciman’s delirious summer romance for nearly a decade—first as a consultant, then an executive producer, then a writer—when he finally took the plunge into directing it.