was born in Istanbul and moved to Italy in 1978 to study at La Sapienza University in Rome. He worked for a time with Julian Beck and the Living Theatre, and started his cinema career as an assistant director on Italian films, notably with director, Maurizio Ponzi. He made his feature directorial debut with Hamam
(1997) and followed that with Harem Suaré
(1999). His next film, Le Fate Ignoranti (His Secret Life)
(2001), garnered notice on the international film scene, winning the award for Best Feature at the 2002 New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. FACING WINDOWS won the David Award for Best Film, and Ozpetek was awarded the Scholars Jury Award for his direction. Ozpetek also won awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (Best Original Story, with Gianni Romoli
) and the Karlovy Very International Film Festival in the Czech Republic (Best Director, Crystal Globe).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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