Ferzan Özpetek (57) is one of my favourite film directors. His plots are often based on family secrets and his conviction that the only thing more complicated than love is family.
The Turkish film director, who studied cinema history in Rome, was so fascinated by Italy and its culture that he decided to stay in Italy forever. He loves to tell stories about Italian family tradtions, friendship, the relationship between father and son or mother and daughter, double lifes, homophobia, love stories and secrets. He often tells parallel stories and casts several leading actors. It’s never the story of two people.
ITALIAN FAMILY SECRETS BY FERZAN ÖZPETEK
Discover the world of Ferzan Özpetek with my top 3 movies.
LE FATE IGNORANTI (2001)
LE FATE IGNORANTI (Ignorant Fairies), a film released in 2001, is an Italian cult drama. Antonia (Margherita Buy), a doctor, and her husband Massimo are a happily married couple of about 35 with no children. One day, while crossing the street after work, Massimo gets hit by a car and dies. Antonia falls into a deep depression – until one day she discovers that her husband was leading a double life.
HAMAM – IL BAGNO TURCO (1997)
HAMAM, Özpetek’s first film released in 1997, is an Italian-Turkish-Spanish co-production which was presented at the Film Festival in Cannes. Francesco, a young Roman architect, inherits from his aunt Anita an old hamam in Istanbul. He travels to Turkey with the intention of selling the hamam as soon as possible and get back to Rome, where he is trapped in an unhappy marriage with his wife.
MINE VAGANTI (2010)
MINE VAGANTI, a highly praised film by film critics, is the story of a wealthy family which owns a pasta factory in Lecce in Southern Italy. One of the two sons, Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio), returns from his studies in Rome with the intention to reveal his true identity and his plans for the future. But his elder brother, Antonio (Alessandro Preziosi), spoils his plans and reveals his own secrets at a family dinner with an important business partner.
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