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Ferzan Ozpetek


“There are a lot of similarities between my films and my life. I know these people as they're inspired by people I know.”



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


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