CUORE SACRO / Sacred Heart
Irene Ravelli inherited from her father, a well known real estate entrepreneur, not only his companies but also his talent for business which helped her expand her father’s inheritance, with the help of aunt Eleonora, often using ruthless business tactics. Having removed the lean placed on the antique family Palazzetto that she would like to capitalize on, Irene discovers that the room of her mother Adriana, who died under mysterious circumstances when she was a little girl, has remained intact after thirty years, as if she were still living. The spirit of her mother stili present, and the encounter with Benny, an unpredictable and surprising child, create a conflict inside Irene, which will lay the foundation for a great change. This is how this path of discovery begins and leads to an inner change, at the risk of becoming a journey into the ‘madness’ of altruism and goodness, and in other words, the need for spirituality which at this time, is felt ali around the world, and that is often mistaken for fanaticism, social exclusion, political speculation.
Born in Istanbul, he moved to Italy in 1977, where after his graduation, he started working as an Assistant Director. Already an Italian citizen, he worked on his first feature film project, Il bagno turco – Hamam (The Bath – Hamam). Premiering at 1997 Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight, the film obtained considerable critic and audience success both in Italy and abroad. In 1999 his second film was released, Harem Suare, presented again at the Festival de Cannes in the category “Un certain regard”. In 2001 Ozpetek directed Le fate ignoranti (His Secret Life), presented at the Berlin Film Festival. The film obtained several awards in Italy, among others 4 Nastro d’Argento awards, and grossed 10 million Euro at the box office. Afterwards he directed La finestra di fronte (Facing Window), one of the greatest public and critical success of the season 2003, grossing 14 million Euro. Winner of several awards, among others: 5 Italian Academy Awards David di Donatello, 3 Nastro d’Argento awards, 4 Ciak d’Oro awards, 3 Globi di Cristallo at Karlovy Vary Festival, Best Movie award and “Emerging Master of International Cinema” at the Seattle Internation Film Festival 2004. Cuore Sacro is his latest film.