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In the summer of 1983, in the north of Italy, Elio Perlman, (Timothée Chalamet) a 17-year-old American spends his days in his family's 17th century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student working on his doctorate arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Soon, Elio and Oliver discover a summer that will alter their lives forever. The critically acclaimed film Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, is based on the novel by André Aciman.
Guadagnino wanted the film's music to be connected to Elio, a young pianist who likes to transcribe and adapt pieces in order to get close to Oliver. The music is used to reflect the time, the characters' family, level of education and "the kind of canon they would be a part of." Guadagnino found himself resonating with the lyricism of Sufjan Stevens and initially asked the singer/songwriter to record an original song. Eventually, Stevens contributed three songs to the soundtrack including the Academy Award-nominated "Mystery of Love," "Visions of Gideon," and a new rendition of "Futile Devices" with piano. The soundtrack also features songs by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Moroder and The Psychedelic Furs among others.