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Bafta win for film adapted from Jewish author’s novel

Acclaimed Call me By Your Name film honoured at awards ceremony

    Timothee Chalamet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) gala dinner held at Grosvenor House, on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
    Timothee Chalamet attends the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) gala dinner held at Grosvenor House, on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

    James Ivory’s adaptation of the heavily Jewish-influenced novel Call Me By Your Name was among the prize winners at the prestigious British Academy Film Awards event in London on Sunday night.

    Mr Ivory, 89, topped the Adapted Screenplay category during the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall – having turned Andre Aciman’s 2007 novel into a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age movie.

    Call Me By Your Name tells the story of lead character Elio, played by Jewish actor Timothee Chalamet, and his relationship with student Oliver, played by Armie Hammer.

    Both characters are filmed discussing what their religious identities mean to them - before beginning a homosexual relationship.

    In an interview last year, Mr Aciman, an Egyptian-born Jew, said he would have been unable to write the book without “Jewish content”.

    The Baftas audience, and viewers watching the BBC1 coverage, also heard the Hebrew melody erev shel shoshanim – performed by Sheku Kanneh-Mason – in the memoriam section paying tribute to those within the industry who had died in the past year.

     
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