Italian Director, Luca Guadagnino, up for four Oscars

Luca Guadagnino. Image: Film Inquiry.

ROME - Italian director, Luca Guadagnino, has received four Oscar nominations for his film, "Call Me By Your Name."

 Guadagnino's film was nominated in the categories for best film, best adapted screenplay, best lead actor (Timothée Chalamet) and best original song for Sufjan Stevens, "Mystery of Love." However, Guadagnino surprisingly missed out on a nomination for best director.

 Results will be announced at the ceremony on Sunday March 4, the same day as Italians go to the polls in national elections.  

 The director was born in Palermo in 1971 to a Sicilian father and an Algerian mother. "Call Me By Your Name" is the third and last film in his "Trilogy of Desire" which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year. It follows 2009's "I Am Love" and 2015's "A Bigger Splash."

 The film tells the story of a romance between an Italian teenager (Chalamet) and a visiting American student (Armie Hammer). It was filmed in Crema, Lombardy and adapted for the screen from a novel by André Aciman. Guadagnino was praised in both the UK and America for the sensitivity and complexity with which he handled the central themes of passion and homosexuality.

 Nonetheless, audiences in Italy will have to wait a little longer to see it in their cinemas as it isn't realised until Jan 25.