Call Me By Your Name seduces viewers with trips to the Italian countryside and an honest portrait of “things that matter”

By Eric Nicole Salta

If there’s anything the visual masterpiece of Call Me By Your Name evokes aside from the magic of first love, it’s the allure of biking in Europe’s countryside—in this case, the sun-soaked Italian landscape.

Hailed as the Best Picture of 2017 by the LA Film Critics, and likely to garner major Oscar nominations next week, Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me Be Your Name will hold special sneak previews exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas on Jan. 22 and 23 at participating Ayala Malls (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Alabang Town Center, Trinoma, Harbor Point, Ayala Malls Legaspi, Ayala Center Cebu, Abreeza and Centrio)

Rated R-16 With No Cuts by the MTRCB, the coming-of-age drama stars Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet (New York Film Critics Best Actor winner for his role) as two men who share a special kind of friendship.

But the slow-burn adoration between 17-year-old prodigy Elio (Chalamet) and visiting graduate student Oliver (Hammer) are punctuated by whole-day bike rides under the summer heat with stops at secret ponds, shaded retreats, and leisurely tours at Northern Italy’s charming little town squares.

The film also meanders through tourist attractions like Lake Garda and Serio Waterfalls where both characters interact with, explore, discover, and immerse themselves in nature as much as each other with flawless precision.

Director Luca Guadagnino may have created a tale of sensual innocence and eroticism but this 2017 film also transports viewers to the rich heritage of biking in Europe, giving adventure travelers and cyclists alike opportunities to resonate with on a more personal level.

Let the European exploration ensue.

Opening exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas starting January 31, Call Me By Your Name is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Fans may visit www.sureseats.com for screening schedules and advance ticket sales.