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Watch: Boldly Queer Italian Director Ferzan Ozpetek Zooms on His Latest, 'The Goddess of Fortune'

Wednesday Dec 2, 2020
Stefano Accorsi and Edoardo Leo in "The Goddess of Fortune"
Stefano Accorsi and Edoardo Leo in "The Goddess of Fortune"  

Ferzan Ozpetek is one of Italy's most prolific and underrated filmmakers. He also happens to be one of the only Italian directors who is boldly queer-inclusive. Not since Pier Paolo Pasolini has an Italian filmmaker dared be as honest in depicting gay themed-work. Pasolini's mid-20th century peer Luchino Visconti was usually much more reserved about it, even in "Death in Venice."

From his first sensation, "Steam: The Turkish Bath" to "His Secret Life (Le fate Ignoranti)" to "Saturn in Opposition (Saturno contro)" to "Loose Cannons (Mine vaganti)," Ozpetek has told LGBTQ stories and redefined what a true family is through the gay lens.

Ozpetek, who is Turkish and Italian, has crafted films about life and its many foibles and tragedies. His films are deliberate genre-blends of comedy, drama and sometimes even thriller.

His latest work, "The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna)" centers on Arturo (Stefano Accorsi) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo), a couple who have been together over 15 years, but who are on the rocks. Their lives are unexpectedly thrown into tumult when a good friend, Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca) arrives with her two children and needs the men to look after them for a spell. This dramatic event forces the men to examine their relationship.

EDGE had the pleasure of Zooming with the filmmaker. (Note: some of the interview is interpreted by Mario Cariati.)

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