'Call Me by Your Name' Stars, Director Celebrated at AFI Fest Centerpiece Gala

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From left: Timothee Chalamet, Luca Guadagnino and Michael Stuhlbarg

Luca Guadagnino's film was feted Friday night at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

Call Me by Your Name, the film adaptation from the book of the same name that chronicles the romance between an American teenager (Timothee Chalamet) and a doctoral student (Armie Hammer), was feted at Friday night's AFI Fest Centerpiece Gala at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Chalamet told The Hollywood Reporter that he knew the role was a special opportunity that he couldn’t pass up. “It’s just rare to find roles that are complex and layered and contradictory at a young age the way that this one is in the film and in the book, so I just leapt at that opportunity,” he said.

“I hope the audience sees this film as a sort of tiny testament of the power of compassion and the power of welcoming the other in his or her otherness into your life and how you can become a better person through that experience,” director Luca Guadagnino told THR.

Co-star Michael Stuhlbarg spoke to how Guadagnino was able to infuse the film with joy and passion: “He wanted us to play this with a lot of love and light and buoyancy and laughter. I loved that he wanted it to be one of those idyllic summers that, if we’re lucky, we have when we’re young, where something special happens to us and the world kind of opens up and we fall in love for the first time.”

An afterparty was held at the Roosevelt Hotel after the screening, where guests were able to mingle, sip champagne and perhaps find some love of their own.

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