The Ignorant Fairies

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The Ignorant Fairies
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Directed byFerzan Özpetek
Produced byTilde Corsi
Gianni Romoli
Written byFerzan Özpetek
Gianni Romoli
StarringMargherita Buy
Stefano Accorsi
Serra Yilmaz
Gabriel Garko
Erika Blanc
Andrea Renzi
Koray Candemir
Music byAndrea Guerra
Distributed byStrand Releasing
Release date
16 March 2001 (Italy)
September 2002 (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes

The Ignorant Fairies (Italian: Le fate ignoranti; released on DVD in the US as His Secret Life) is a 2001 Italian drama film directed by Turkish-Italian film director Ferzan Özpetek.

The story follows a woman who discovers that her recently deceased husband had been having an affair.


When Antonia's husband Massimo is killed in a car accident, she accidentally discovers that he has been having a same-sex affair with a produce wholesaler named Michele. Although she's initially devastated by the news and hostile toward Michele, she soon develops a friendship with him and his and Massimo's circle of gay, transgender, and straight friends, among whom are a Turkish immigrant, a playwright and a boutique owner. As she gets to know these people and become a part of their lives, the new relationships dramatically transform Antonia.


The director Ferzan Özpetek, who is himself gay, has a cameo appearance in the scene where two characters are searching gay companies to find a friend of theirs, who is sitting next to them, and viewing some photos on the Internet, where Özpetek is clearly seen.


  • 3 Nastro d'Argento Prizes (Best Actress: Marghertia Buy - Best Actor: Stefano Accorsi - Best Producer: Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli)
  • Public's Choice, Image-Nation Festival
  • Best Film, New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Film, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

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