Turkish Bath
Hamam Director: Ferzan Özpetek


If postmodern marriage is between equals, Francesco (Alessandro Gassman) and Marta (Francesca d'Aloja) have been computer selected. He is slim, tall, charmless, cold. She is slim, tall, charmless, cold. He is irritable and insensitive to other people's feelings. She is angry and sensitive to her own feelings. They bicker and fight and work for a design company (their own) in Rome. They fit neatly into the high-stress, workaholic, image-conscious lifestyle, in which eating and talking and loving is snatched between phone calls and client consultations.

His aunt dies in Istanbul, leaving him a substantial property. He goes over to arrange the sale, staying with the family who have always looked after the old lady. Despite inevitable frustrations, he begins to relax and allow the character of the city to work its magic. Against the advice of a sleazy lawyer, he decides to stay and do up the Turkish bath in the basement, thwarting the ambitions of a powerful developer.

"Özpetek is a sensitive director. He takes his time. He doesn't rush. He allows the natural rhythms to settle and pays particular attention to food. He is soft and sensual with his camera. And slow. For all its qualities in the acting and with the photography, the pace of the film requires a degree of commitment that may put too great a strain on patience."

Angus Wolfe Murray, Eye for Film


Festivals and awards: Mar del Plata, Ankara (Most Promising Actor - Mehmet Günsür, Most Promising Actress - Basak Köklükaya), Antalya (Best Film, Best Director), Molodist
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Programme: Focus on Turkey

Country: Turkey, Germany
Year: 1997
Length: 94
Language: Turkish, Italian
Producer: Domenico Procacci
Screenplay: Ferzan Ozpetek, Sandro Petraglia
Director: Ferzan Özpetek
Cinematography: Fabio Zamarion
Music: Andrea Guerra
Editor: Patrizio Marone

Cast: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Mehmet Gunsar

Producer: Fandango/Rai Cinema


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Ferzan Özpetek

Ferzan Ozpetek (b. 1959, Istanbul, Turkey) studied the history of cinema at La Sapienza University in Rome. He also attended the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica "Silvio D'Amico" in Rome before working as an assistant director. In 1997 he debuted with the film TURKISH BATH, which was screened at Cannes in the section Directors' Fortnight and enjoyed critical acclaim both in Italy and abroad. His following films "Ignorant Fairies" (2001), "Facing Windows" (2003) and "Saturno Contro" (2007) have all been successful at international festivals and have been screened at PÖFF. THE PERFECT DAY premiered this year in Venice film festival.

Hamam (Turkish Bath, 1997, Türgi saun, PÖFF 2008), Harem suare (1999), Le fate ignoranti (2001, Tema varjatud elu, PÖFF 2002), La finestra di fronte (2003, Vastasaknad, PÖFF 2004), Cuore sacro (Sacred Heart, 2005), Saturno Contro (PÖFF 2007), Un giorno perfetto (Täiuslik päev, PÖFF 2008)


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