Meet the talent from Turkey:Director Ferzan Özpetek

Ferzan Özpetek is a talent from Turkey whom the world knows his fine movies. And also he’s openly gay and living in Italy for several years.

Here are the trailers of his best movies (for my opinion of course :))

SATURNO CONTRO

MINE VAGANTİ

LA FATE IGNORANTI

Here’s his biography from Wikipedia, in case you wonder :

Ferzan Ozpetek was born in Istanbul in 1959. When he was a young student in 1976, he decided to move to Italy to study Cinema History at Sapienza University of Rome. He completed his education attending art history and costume design classes at the Navona Academy. He also attended director classes at the Silvio D’Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art.

His directorial debut was with Hamam, an Italian, Spanish and Turkish co-production. The movie, released in May 1997, was presented at the 50th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in the Quinzaine des Realisateurs session.

In 1999, he directed Harem Suare, set in his native land of Turkey, telling the tormented love story between the sultan’s favourite, Safiye, and the eunuch Nadir, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire in the background.

In 2001, Özpetek directed His Secret Life (Le Fate Ignoranti), starring Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi, a sweet and easy to watch drama about homosexuality and bonding and friendship of several kinds of outsiders. The movie won numerous awards including three Globi d’oro and four Nastro d’Argento awards.

Facing Windows (La finestra di fronte) (2003) was his next film. It starred Giovanna MezzogiornoRaoul BovaFilippo Nigro and Massimo Girotti, in what turned out to be his last performance on film. The film won multiple awards including: five David di Donatello, four Ciak d’Oro and three Globi d’Oro awards. The film’s success in Italy and the rest of Europe, led it to be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in North America.

Once again pairing up with producers Gianni Romoli and Tilde Corsi, in 2005, Özpetek directed Cuore sacro, which received 12 nominations at the David di Donatello awards, where Barbora Bobulova won the Best Actress award.

His next film, Saturno contro, was released in 2007. It featured a very rich cast: Pierfrancesco FavinoLuca ArgenteroIsabella Ferrari and Ambra Angiolini, and also Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi with whom he worked with earlier, in Le fate ignoranti. The movie won four Ciak d’oro, five Globi d’oro and four Nastro d’Argento awards. Angiolini, in her acting debut, won the David di Donatello award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In 2008, he directed Un giorno Perfetto .The film was based on a novel written by Melania Gaia Mazzucco called Un giorno perfetto (A Perfect Day). The film version of Un giorno Perfetto starred Isabella Ferrari and Valerio Mastandrea and was presented at the 65th Venice International Film Festival. It grossed 3 million euro at the box-office.

In 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, dedicated a retrospective on him, screening all of his movies. He has been one of the few Italian directors to be given this honour.

In April 2009, he directed a short movie called Nonostante tutto è Pasqua (Despite Everything it’s Easter), a segment of the project L’Aquila 2009 – Cinque registi tra le macerie, in which multiple directors took on subjects regarding the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Özpetek’s short was dedicated to Alessandra Cora, an aspiring singer who died in her house’s rubble.

His next film Mine Vaganti was released in 2010. It was co-written with Ivan Cotroneo and stars Riccardo ScamarcioAlessandro PreziosiNicole Grimaudo and Ennio Fantastichini. It is a comedy concerning the family issues of a household in Lecce. This is one of the few movies Özpetek has set outside Rome, a city very close to his heart. On May 22, 2010, the city of Lecce declared Özpetek honorary citizen.

The movie was presented out of competition at the 70th edition of the Berlinale as well as at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010, getting a special recognition of the jury.

In 2011 he was asked to direct Verdi’s famous opera La Traviata at San Carlo Opera House, and reportedly he agreed that he would do so in 2012.

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