Normally movies premiering at the Sundance Film Festival have to wait until the fest actually kicks off before they can talk about getting distribution deals. It’s exceedingly encouraging for Call Me By Your Name then that a few weeks before Sundance starts, it’s already been been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, which has bought the worldwide rights, according to THR.
The movie ‘based on Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name and stars Armie Hammer as a 24-year old American scholar spending the summer of 1983 in Northern Italy, where he attracts the attention of a 17-year-old Jewish-American boy, played by Timothee Chalamet. Michael Stuhlbarg rounds out the cast as the boy’s father.’
The plot sounds as if it has echoes of Death In Venice. Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) directs the movie, which debuts at Sundance’s Premieres section on January 22nd. As Sony Pictures Classics has picked it up early, don’t be surprised if they’re looking at it as an Oscar contender for next year, so it may not get a release until the end of 2017.