TURKISH FILM DIRECTOR DECORATED WITH A MEDAL OF MERIT BY ITALY

Turkish film director Ferzan Ozpetek has been decorated with a medal of merit by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for his contributions to friendly relations and communication between Turkey and Italy.

A ceremony took place in the Italian Culture Center in Istanbul. During the ceremony, Italian Ambassador to Turkey Carlo Marsili presented Ozpetek with the medal.

Marsili said that Ozpetek was one of the most extraordinary directors of today's international cinema.

Born in Istanbul in 1959, Ozpetek moved to Italy in 1977 to study at the La Sapienza University in Rome. Later, he attended directing courses at the Accademia d'Arte Drammatica "Silvio D'Amico" in Rome before working as an assistant director with Massimo Troisi, Maurizio Ponzi, and other Italian directors. Ozpetek made his directorial debut in 1997 with "Hamam (Steam: the Turkish Bath)". The movie garnered considerable critical success and was later released in the USA. His second film "Harem Suare" was a lyrical depiction of the last days of the Ottoman Empire.

His film "Facing Windows" won a Crystal Globe Award in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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