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Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek
FEATURE NARRATIVE 110 Minutes North American Premiere

Tommaso (Riccardo Scamarcio, Eden Is West) has a comfortable life in Rome as an aspiring writer and a steady relationship with his boyfriend Marco—a life he has kept secret from his family. So when he's called back to his hometown of Lecce in Italy's deep south to help run the family pasta business, he decides to finally reveal his homosexuality to his conservative family and hopefully get out of his business obligations in the process. But when his plans are thwarted by his brother, Tommaso gets stuck on the path that he was desperately trying to avoid.

Director Ferzan Ozpetek (Facing Windows, A Perfect Day) takes a playful approach to this family dramedy, matching a critique of provincial Southern values with an eccentric cast of characters that includes a philandering conservative father, a boozing aunt, a pair of disgruntled maids, and Tommaso's bubbly friends. As each family member's quirks slowly come to the surface, Ozpetek's heartfelt film reveals that Tommaso isn't the only one struggling to navigate between la bella figura (a good public image) and his true desires.

About the Director(s)
Ferzan Ozpetek arrived in Rome from Turkey in 1976 to study film history and worked as an assistant director for 15 years. He directed his first feature, Hamam, in 1996 and went on to direct another seven Italian films, including The Ignorant Fairies, Facing Windows, Sacred Heart, and A Perfect Day.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Feature Competition
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  • Length:
    110 minutes
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    North American
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Cast & Credits
  • Production Designer:
    Andrea Crisanti
  • Producer:
    Domenico Procacci
  • Editor:
    Patrizio Marone
  • Director of Photography:
    Maurizio Calvesi
  • Composer:
    Pasquale Catalano
  • Screenwriter:
    Ferzan Ozpetek, Ivan Cotroneo
  • Director:
    Ferzan Ozpetek
  • Primary Cast:
    Riccardo Scamarcio, Nicole Grimaudo, Alessandro Preziosi, Ennio Fantastichini, Lunetta Savino, Elena Sofia Ricci



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