- Margherita Buy (left) and Stefano Accorsi (right) star in the film.
Turkish-Italian filmmaker Ferzan Ozpetek received some attention here in the late 90s and early 2000s with his art house dramas Steam: The Turkish Bath
and Facing Windows
. Though he remains prolific, he fell off the radar of U.S. distributors in the middle part of the last decade—making Germany's Fatih Akin (Head On
, Soul Kitchen
) the only European director of Turkish descent to enjoy any following here at all. You'd think there'd be room for more than one, given the complex experience of Turkish emigres in western Europe (also Akin's characters are often so complicated they practically require another filmmaker to look after them).
Tomorrow night at 6 PM the Italian Cultural Institute offers a gentle reminder of Ozpetek's existence by screening his 2001 drama The Ignorant Fairies, which was originally released here as His Secret Life. The movie follows a widow after she discovers her doctor husband has been carrying on an affair with another man. The screening is free, but reservations are encouraged. You can reserve a spot here.