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Exclusive: Call Me By Your Name stars on why the gay love story is timely

Gay Times

Although Andre Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name was released 10 years ago now, it feels like its big screen adaptation has come at just the right time.

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is set in 1980s Italy, as 17-year-old Elio (played by Timothée Chalamet) embarks on a summer affair with 24-year-old doctoral student Oliver (Armie Hammer).

It has received critical acclaim ahead of its release, mainly for its powerful portrayal of first love and desire.

Gay Times caught up with the stars of the film – as well as its director – to speak about the impact it could have on generations of LGBT+ people to come.

“To bring voice to any sort of LGBTQ story is very powerful, because these are stories that don’t get voiced enough,” Timothée told us at the European premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

Related: Armie Hammer almost turned down gay romance Call Me By Your Name because of the nudity

“Certainly not a story like this one where there isn’t some sort of antagoniser or disease, it’s just a love story.”

The 21-year-old American actor added that its release feels timely in a year when LGBT+ rights and equality feels at threat.

“We’re in an era of intense socio-geographic divide, so to have a film that really is just a celebration of love in a boundary-less form, it feels like good timing,” he said.

Watch the video above to hear more from Timothée, as well as insight from Armie Hammer and Luca Guadagnino.

Call Me By Your Name will be released in the UK on 27 October, and in the US on 24 November.

Related: Watch the first trailer for highly-anticipated gay love story Call Me By Your Name

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