Italian law firm Portolano Cavallo advised the production company Frenesy Film Company and the Director Luca Guadagnino for all the legal aspects of the film “Call me by your name”, which achieved the academy award win for best adapted screenplay at the 90th Oscars ceremony. The film had received four nominations: best adapted screenplay by James Ivory, original song, actor in a leading role with Timothéè Chalamet and best picture, the most eminent category with the last presence of an Italian film among the nominees dating back to 1999.
According to Luca Guadagnino, working with Portolano Cavallo and, in particular, with Manuela Cavallo 'has been one of the most fruitful and inspirational occasions for me as a producer. The expertise, the ethics and the accuracy of Portolano Cavallo team and Manuela’s work have been a guide for us when producing the films done in the last years and will continue to be a guide for the forthcoming films.' The film is an Italian-French co-production with an international cast of actors which has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and distributed in Italy by Warner Bros.
Legal aspects of development
Portolano Cavallo, with a team led by the partner Manuela Cavallo, managed and coordinated all the legal aspects of the film from the development to the distribution. Portolano Cavallo advised production company on the negotiations of financing agreements (including Italian tax credit related matters), co-production agreement with La Cinefacture, distribution agreement, and on the relationship with the Screen Actors Guild and Writers’ Guild of America.
Proud and honoured
'Today having advised several international film productions, – we are particularly proud and honoured that we were trusted by Luca Guadagnino and Frenesy Film Company; we are enthusiastic of the opportunity to participate to this extraordinary project.' said Manuela Cavallo.