Ferzan Ozpetek sets this playful family comedy in the picturesque city of Lecce in the deep south of Italy. Tomasso, a reluctant soon-to-be-partner in his wealthy family’s pasta business, has plans to come out—and hopefully get out of his familial obligation. But when his plans are thwarted by his brother, Tomasso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid. —Tribeca Film Festival
Ferzan Özpetek (b. February 3, 1959, Turkey) is an Italian-Turkish film director and screenwriter, residing in Italy.
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.
After receiving stage experience with Julian Beck’s Living Theatre, he moved to the cinema landscape, by working as a director assistant to Massimo Troisi, Maurizio Ponzi, Ricky Tognazzi, Sergio Citti and Francesco Nuti. His first work has been as Troisi’s assistant director for Scusate il ritardo, followed by Ponzi’s Sono contento, where he has a small role performing as a “madonnaro”.
His directorial debut was with Hamam, an Italian, Spanish and Turkish co-production. The movie, released in May 1997… read more
"Do what you want in your life if you don't want to have regrets when you're old" is a sentence that could summarize Mine Vaganti's screenplay. Add a few hilarious scenes and two or three well observed cutting remarks about Italian society and you've got an interesting film that earned two nominations for the European Film awards. As I'm not gay, the psychological problems of the hero didn't interest me at all but I must confess that I spent a fabulous time admiring the sublime Nicole Grimaudo. Recommended.