Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Özpetek’s "Saturno Contro" to start Istanbul Fest

İstanbul Int'l Film Festival to open with Özpetek’s movie

Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek's latest work, "Saturno Contro," will be shown at the opening ceremony of the 2007 İstanbul International Film Festival on March 30.

The festival, sponsored by Akbank, is due to take place between March 31-April 15. It will also be the first-ever screening of the movie and the first time in the festival's 26-year history that it will open with a film directed by a Turk.

"Saturno Contro" is currently in the post-production process and its premiere is scheduled for March in Italy. Özpetek's debut feature "Hamam" previously had international success, followed by "Harem" and "Le Fate Ignoranti."

The director won the "Best Director" and "Best Film" awards at the 38th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival with 2003's "La Finestra di Fronte," or "Facing Window."
"Saturno Contro" was filmed on location in Ostiense, Italy. It features references to astrology and collectively shows friendship, sexuality and love.

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