A music video for Sufjan Stevens’ ethereal Mystery Of Love has been released.
The song will be immediately recognisable to anyone who’s watched Call Me By Your Name, as that and Visions Of Gideon – both recorded by Sufjan for the big screen adaptation – act as a soundtrack to some of the film’s most poignant moments.
It’s apt, then, that the music video for Mystery Of Love, the more hopeful of the two songs, features clips of lead characters Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) and their blossoming romance during the hot Italian summer of 1983.
As well as the incredible word-of-mouth buzz that the film’s received, it’s also been nominated for three major Golden Globe awards, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor (Chalamet), and Best Supporting Actor (Hammer).
And that success clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by the film’s creators, as director Luca Guadagnino recently teased that there could be a whole series of films coming our way that will chronicle the lives of every character, not just Elio and Oliver.
Watch the video below.
During a recent interview, Hammer revealed that while his vintage short shorts might have been appropriate for the 1980s era the movie’s set in, they led to some unexpected wardrobe malfunctions.
“There was a few times where they had to go back and digitally remove my balls from the movie,” he said. “They were short shorts. What’re you gonna do?”
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for an unedited director’s cut on the DVD release.
Meanwhile, during an interview with Gay Times, the movie’s director Luca Guadagnino revealed that we could see Elio and Oliver again in another one of his movies.
At the end of André Aciman’s novel, which the movie is based upon, 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 us 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, André 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.