Director Luca Guadagnino tells Gay Times that we could very well see these characters again in one of his movies.
Call Me By Your Name is gearing up to be one of the biggest LGBT+ films of the year, receiving critical acclaim across the board.
The movie – based on Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel of the same name – 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).
If you haven’t read the book or seen the film yet, you may want to look away now to avoid spoilers.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
At the end of Aciman’s novel, the connection between Elio and Oliver spans 20 years as they sporadically stay in touch following their magical summer together.
In the film, however, it ends just months after that summer with a very powerful scene of Elio staring into the fire after suffering teen heartache.
So why did Luca decide to stop the film where he did?
“I like the present now and then, and I didn’t want it to be something retrospective,” he told Gay Times at the European premiere of Call Me By Your Name, which was part of the BFI London Film Festival.
“Maybe in time we’ll be able to tell more stories about these people.”
Asked if he’s spoken to the author about a sequel, he added: “I’ve spoken to Andre about that and, yeah, Andre is up for it.”
If all goes well for Call Me By Your Name upon its release, we could well be seeing more of this love affair play out on the big screen in the future.
Call Me By Your Name will be in UK cinemas on 27 October, and in the US on 24 November.