Call Me By Your Name 2 Will Address AIDS, Director Says

Posted 2018/01/26 0 0

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino intends to tackle the 1980s AIDS crisis head-on with the sequel.


While Call Me by Your Name skirted many of the typical tropes of gay love story, its sequel may tackle one of them directly: the specter of HIV and AIDS. Yesterday, at Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Guadagnino expanded on how the sequel could continue the storyline. For one, the director expects that the AIDS epidemic, which was in the book the film was based upon that took place four years later in 1987,  could provide a backdrop for it. "I think it's going to be a very relevant part of the story," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The director wants Call Me By your Name to go the Before Sunrise route and have the characters cross paths every few years in the future.

“I think Elio [Timothee Chalamet] will be a cinephile, and I’d like him to be in a movie theater watching Paul Vecchiali’s Once More,” a 1988 film that dealt with gay love and AIDS,” Guadagnino recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “That could be the first scene [in the sequel]… [HIV] is going to be a very relevant part of the story.”

“In my opinion, Call Me can be the first chapter of the chronicles of the life of these people that we met in this movie, and if the first one is a story of coming of age and becoming a young man, maybe the next chapter will be, what is the position of the young man in the world, what does he want - and what is left a few years later of such an emotional punch that made him who he is?”

No word yet on when fans can expect a sequel, but if Call Me By Your Name takes home some awards on Oscar night a second installment will be fast-tracked.