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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

After months of festival praise and a recent gala screening at AFI Fest 2017, Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has finally opened in cinemas.

A portrayal, both devastating and edifying, of a teenager discovering his sexuality, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features a superlative lead performance by Timothée Chalamet as young Elio, a live wire summering “somewhere in northern Italy” in the early 1980s.

The script—based on André Aciman’s 2007 novel—was written by James Ivory, and Sufjan Stevens wrote two new songs—”Mystery of Love” and “Visions of Gideon”—for the film.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Now playing.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Landmark

10850 West Pico Boulevard, Rancho Park, Los Angeles.

From top: Timothée Chalamet (left) and Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name (2017); Chalamet; Hammer and Chalamet. Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics.

BEACH RATS — ELIZA HITTMAN IN CONVERSATION

In Eliza Hittman’s BEACH RATS, Frankie is a strapping, emotionally detached 19-year-old. When he’s not playing handball or cruising Coney Island for chicks and kicks with his crew, he’s in his mother’s basement, trawling the web for hookups with older men. Committed to little except the drift of a summer’s day, he tells more than one trick, “I don’t know what I like.”

Like a fevered dream by Samuel Delany come to cinematic life, Hittman’s new film—a follow-up to her directorial debut It Felt Like Love—continues her investigation into the social and sexual self-representation of outer-borough youth in New York City.* Harris Dickinson—London-born and -trained—gives a breakout performance as Brooklyn boy Frankie.

“During his audition, I asked Harris to take off his shirt. I was taken aback by [the perfection of] his body. It sounds weird to say this, but I thought his body might be a drawback for the film. I envisioned the character being more normal. Our French DP [Hélène Louvart] said, ‘This body is no good.’ [laughs] I asked Harris why he worked out so much. He said, ‘Well, you know, I was a heavy kid.’ Then I knew he could be Frankie, who also has a lot of armor around him.” — Eliza Hittman, during the post-Outfest screening Q & A for BEACH RATS, July 9, 2017.

BEACH RATS

Now playing.

ELIZA HITTMAN Q & A with SEAN BAKER

Friday, August 25, at 7:30 pm.

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

BEACH RATS

ELIZA HITTMAN Q & A with BARRY JENKINS

Saturday, August 26, at 7:15 pm.

Landmark Sunshine

143 East Houston Street, New York City.

BEACH RATS

ELIZA HITTMAN Q & A

Sunday, August 27, at 4:30 pm.

Francesca Beale Theater, Lincoln Center

144 West 65th Street, New York City.

*See Samuel R. Delany, “In the Valley of the Nest of Spiders,” Black Clock 7 (2007): 116–134.

From top: Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats, ; far right; middle, on a date with Madeline Weinstein (left); left with anonymous trick; film poster; upper right; videotaping himself in front of basement mirror. Images courtesy the filmmaker and Neon.