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The Hand of God

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
2021
Italy
135 minutes
MA15+
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Paolo Sorrentino’s deeply personal film is an exquisite reflection on family, sport, love, desire, tragedy and cinema against the backdrop of 1980s Naples. Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Venice.
17-year-old Fabietto (Filippo Scotti, Best Young Actor prize, Venice) grows up in a loving and complicated family. His father Saverio (Sorrentino regular Toni Servillo) is a banker but claims to be a communist. His mother Maria (Teresa Saponangelo) plays elaborate, brilliantly conceived pranks on neighbours and family members alike, and his handsome brother Marchino (Marlon Joubert) wishes to be an actor. A careful observer of everything and everyone around him, young Fabietto is particularly preoccupied by his attractive Aunt Patrizia (Luisa Ranieri) and the persistent rumours that Diego Maradona, the greatest footballer in the world, could join the Naples football team. A terrible accident throws Fabietto’s life into turmoil, but also sets him firmly on his creative path. Though more restrained than in his exuberant films like Oscar-winner The Great Beauty or Loro, Sorrentino still delivers images and moments of breathtaking beauty and emotion. He describes his intention to “let the life of those years speak, in the way I remember them – in the way I experienced them, felt them… And hovering above everything, so close and yet so far, is Maradona, that ghostly idol, five foot five, who seemed to sustain the lives of everyone in Naples, or at least mine.”

Paolo Sorrentino, born in 1970 in Naples, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film for The Great Beauty in 2014. An international success, the film also won BAFTA and Golden Globe awards. He made his debut with One Man Up in 2001, and his other acclaimed feature films include The Consequences of Love (2004), Il Divo (2008), This Must Be the Place (2011), Youth (2015), and Loro (2018).
The film has a visual expansiveness that truly breathes on the big screen.
Jonathan Romney, Screen International
Returning to his Neapolitan roots to reflect on the experiences of the tender teenage years that shaped him has brought out sumptuous veins of joy and sorrow that feel richer, deeper, more searingly poignant than anything the director has done before.
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
È Stata La Mano Di Dio
Year
2021
Classification
MA15+
Country
Italy
Language
In Italian with English subtitles
Director
Paolo Sorrentino
Producer
Lorenzo Mieli, Paolo Sorrentino
Cast
Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
Screenwriter
Paolo Sorrentino
Cinematographer
Daria D’Antonio
Editor
Cristiano Travaglioli
Genre
Sport, Comedy, Festival Award Winners, Filmmaking
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Netflix
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