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Allacciate Le Cinture (Fasten Your Seatbelts)

ITALY 2013, 110’
Screenplay: Ferzan Özpetek, Gianni Romoli
Cinematography: Gian Filippo Corticelli
Editing: Patrizio Marone
Sound: Pasquale Catalano
Production: Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli for R&C PRODUZIONI and FAROS FILM with RAI CINEMA


Elena and Antonio are not made for each other: they are too different, in terms of character, life choices, worldview and the way they relate to others. They are total opposites. However they are overwhelmed by a mutual attraction that they should avoid. Not only because they are not compatible, but also because Elena is engaged to Giorgio, and Antonio is engaged to Silvia, who is Elena’s best friend. Plus Fabio, the young Elena’s best friend, hates Antonio because he is openly homophobic. Initially, between Elena and Antonio, there is physical attraction and this is the first real turbulence in Elena’s life. Everyone will have to deal with the unexpected in a sudden storm of passion that changes all the rules of the game of their relationships. However this will not be the only turbulence in Elena’s life…

He debuted as a director in 1997, with “Il bagno turco – Hamam”. In 2001 he directed “Le fate ignoranti”, which confirmed him as one of the best European directors of his generation and won him three 3 Nastri d’Argento. In 2003 “La finestra di fronte” won the Nastro d’argento, the David di Donatello and the David Scuola. Ozpetek continued to work with the same high level of creative quality, making “Cuore sacro” in 2005 – which won the David for best actress and for best screenplay, and “Saturno contro” in 2007. “Allacciate le cinture” is his latest film.