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HEADLINE GALAS 12 BFI PATRONS’ GALA AD FRI 13 SAT 14 SUN 15 18:00 OLS 14:10 OLS 17:45 HACKNEY MON 9* TUE 10* WED 11† 19:15 OLS 11:30 OLS 18:15 HACKNEY In every way as languorous and seductive as its North Italian setting, Luca Guadagnino’s (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) adaptation of André Aciman’s coming-of-age novel is a sun-kissed, cinematic ode to the ecstasy and exquisite pain of first love. Timothée Chalamet is riveting as Elio, a musically gifted 17-year-old whose idyllic summer break takes a tumultuous turn when Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives to stay at the family palazzo. The physical embodiment of ancient Greco-Roman beauty, Oliver is an all-American doctoral student on a 6-week research trip working with Elio’s father, an antiquities professor. While Oliver slips effortlessly into the heady rhythm of the Italian summer – al fresco dining, bicycle rides and midnight swims – Elio’s casual flirtation with local girlfriend Marzia (Esther Garrel) is soon eclipsed by a more sensual, volatile attraction. From Elio’s renditions of a Bach capriccio to The Psychedelic Furs’ anthemic Love My Way, this is a film that luxuriates in classical art, poetry and music as much as it relishes the candy-coloured new romance of its early 80s setting. Guadagnino, working from a screenplay by James Ivory, lingers on fleeting moments of desire, jealousy and affirmation, giving a sublime depth to Elio’s transcendent and ravishingly queer awakening. Clare Stewart DOWNSIZING Alexander Payne (Nebraska, LFF2014) puts climate change, mobility and immigration under the microscope in this utterly bewitching satire starring Matt Damon. In a future that could very well be right now, Norwegian scientists discover a method for shrinking people to pocket-size as part of a grand design to limit humanity’s footprint and save the world. Five years later, a thriving parallel ‘small’ economy has evolved, complete with lifestyle choices and luxury miniature communities. Beige, work-a-day Paul Safranek (Damon) wants to scale-up his options by sizing-down, but things begin to go awry when wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) gets cold feet. Payne and regular collaborator Jim Taylor started work on Downsizing’s wildly inventive screenplay between the making of Sideways (LFF2004) and The Descendants (LFF2011), and this lengthy gestation has seen its underlying topicality become even more urgent and relevant. Immediately shedding its sci-fi skin – just as its protagonists must discard hair and teeth to become small – this is precision, high-concept filmmaking that ripples with wry observational humour and seamlessly integrates its visual effects. Damon, superb as the bewildered everyman, is supported by an appropriately florid Christoph Waltz and a captivating Hong Chau, playing an illegal immigrant who arrives in a parcel. Clare Stewart Dir Luca Guadagnino. Prod Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman. Scr James Ivory. With Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois. Italy-France 2017. 132min. UK Distribution Sony Pictures Releasing Dir Alexander Payne. Prod Mark Johnson, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor. Scr Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor. With Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig. USA 2017. 135min. UK Distribution Paramount Pictures International THE MAYOR OF LONDON’S GALA CALL ME BY YOUR NAME * † HIS Support Film Forever bfi.org.uk/join


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