The Goddess of Fortune

La dea fortuna

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
2019 | Italy | 114m
GENRE: Adoption | Drama | Gay | Parenting/Family | Relationships
SECTION: World Cinema
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director Ferzan Ozpetek.


With a stellar cast and a gentle touch, Turkish-Italian auteur Ferzan Ozpetek (Facing Windows; Steam: The Turkish Bath, Frameline22) explores the ways love shifts and redefines itself in long-term relationships when a handsome gay couple unexpectedly find themselves taking care of their friend’s two adolescent children. After 15 years together, Arturo (Ozpetek regular Stefano Accorsi, His Secret Life, Frameline25) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo, Romanzo criminale) have hit a lull in their relationship, with their troubles boiling to the surface at their friends’ gay wedding.

When Alessandro’s best friend and former girlfriend Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca, An Almost Ordinary Summer, Frameline43) asks them to look after her kids for a while, Arturo and Alessandro’s world is thrown into hyperdrive. This new responsibility manages to bring out buried resentments alongside touching reminders of what made the two men fall in love in the first place. Warm and engaging, The Goddess of Fortune splendidly showcases the true meaning of “chosen family,” juggling its interpersonal drama with a healthy dose of humor and heart.


Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 8:00pm Saturday, September 26 followed by the Q&A.

Bank of the West

Cinema Italia SF, Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco

  • Language: In Italian with English subtitles