Young Turk in Old Rome: The Turkish Director of the Popular Coming-Out Film Steam Talks about His New Film, His Secret Life, Already a Hit in Italy. (Film)

By Giltz, Michael | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), October 1, 2002 | Go to article overview

Young Turk in Old Rome: The Turkish Director of the Popular Coming-Out Film Steam Talks about His New Film, His Secret Life, Already a Hit in Italy. (Film)


Giltz, Michael, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Turkish-born film director Ferzan Ozpetek has turned crossing cultures into a signature style. His first movie, the surprise international hit Steam, was one of the few films about Turkey to be released in the United States and perhaps the only Turkish film that revolves around an Italian gay man's coming-out. Ozpetek's latest film, His Secret Life, crosses gay and straight cultures within his adopted home of Italy--where it has become another unexpected audience favorite.

"The distributors here in Italy said, `We'll distribute it, but we don't think it will be a success,'" says the openly gay director through a translator, on the telephone from Rome. "But more than 2 million people saw it--and for Italy, for an Italian film, that's a big success. And having people talk about it, debate about it, change their ideas because of it, that was the biggest success."

A subtle drama that marks a leap in quality for Ozpetek, His Secret Life is about a middle-class widow (Margherita Buy) who discovers her late husband had a parallel existence with a male lover named Michele (Stefano Accorsi). Once the shock wears off, she finds herself falling in love with the world of this young man and his extended circle of former lovers and flamboyant friends.

The film's portrayal of this tight-knit group--with its casual inclusion of all varieties of sexuality--was new to Italian audiences. "It's not common to see a family like that in Italy," Ozpetek says. "Michele's family is not a blood family but a family where someone can choose his relatives."

Although no widows have been popping up on Ozpetek's doorstep, His Secret Life is clearly a deeply personal work for the director. It was filmed in the Roman neighborhood where he's lived for the past 25 years, and Michele's apartment was filled with items from the homes of the director's real-life friends.

Indeed, the film's chosen family mirrors Ozpetek's own, which developed during a 20-year relationship that has since ended. …

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