Saturn in Opposition: Ferzan Ozpetek’s Tale of Friendship

Director Ferzan Ozpetek unites a group of friends in “Saturn in Opposition,” his touching, funny and heartwarming ensemble piece, starring some of today’s hottest Italian stars.

The circle of friends come together after one of their members falls ill, leading them to the realization that their friendships are the strongest bonds in their lives.

The story begins with a group of friends meeting for dinner. The hosts of these regular gatherings are the dynamic Lorenzo and his life partner, the successful writer Davide. The somewhat uptight Angelica is helping to prepare the food, while her Antonio has yet to appear. Also on the guest list is the abrasive Neval and her husband Roberto, Davides embittered ex, Sergio, the spirited Roberta, and a new arrival, the budding writer Paolo.

This is one of the evenings during which these 40-somethings will remember the carefree existence of the past two decades, now edged out by everyday concerns and the somewhat perplexing spectre of the beginning of the rest of their lives. Brilliant group portrait artist Ferzan Ozpetek brings his characters towards a critical moment when they are forced to cast off their stiffened masks and to return to the very essence of the friendship which unites them.

If you liked “The Big Chill” and other reunion films, you’ll enjoy “Saturn of Opposition.” Nominated for multiple David di Donatello awards (Italy s highest film honor, equivalent of their Oscar), “Saturn of Opposition” was helmed by the acclaimed director Ferzan Ozpetek (HIS SECRET LIFE, STEAM: THE TURKISH BATH, HAREM, FACING WINDOWS.

The movie stars Stefano Accorsi (HIS SECRET LIFE, BLAME IT ON FIDEL), Margherita Buy (HIS SECRET LIFE, THE UNKNOWN WOMAN), Pierfrancesco Favino, Serra Yilmaz, Ennio Fantastichini, Ambra Angiolini, Luca Argentero, Filippo Timi, Michelangelo Tommaso, and Isabella Ferrari.

The movie was an official selection at many festivals, including Palm Springs International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival,
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Istanbul International Film Festival.

DVD Bonus Features:

Original Theatrical Trailer
Trailers from Other Films by Ferzan Ozpetek from Strand Releasing
Trailers from Other Films by Strand Releasing

Running time: 108 Minutes
(In Italian with English subtitles)
Street Date: September 23, 2008