The Ignorant Fairies
|The Ignorant Fairies|
|Directed by||Ferzan Özpetek|
|Produced by||Tilde Corsi|
|Written by||Ferzan Özpetek|
|Music by||Andrea Guerra|
|Distributed by||Strand Releasing|
|16 March 2001 (Italy)|
September 2002 (U.S.)
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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