The Hand of God (2021)

Director: Paolo Sorrentino Run Time: 129 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Filippo Scotti, Luisa Ranieri, Marlon Joubert, Teresa Saponangelo, Toni Servillo

Country: Italy
Language: Italian


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About the film:

Grand Jury Prize winner at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story of Fabietto Schisa, a boy in 1980s Naples whose teenage years are marked by unexpected joys like the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion in a tale of family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

The Hand of God, Italy’s official submission, made the Shortlist for Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.

“Sorrentino’s fond recollections of the miracles of family life and of his own coming of age — magical and mundane, holy and profane — give the film its furiously beating heart”

—David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

About the filmmaker:

Director, screenwriter and author Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples. A regular at festivals around the world, seven of his films have been presented in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, including The Great Beauty, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014. His other critically acclaimed films include The Consequences of Love, Il Divo, This Must Be the Place and Youth. He has published a novel, two collections of short stories, and helmed the 2016 HBO series The Young Pope.

For their breathtaking performances in Sorrentino’s most personal film, The Hand of God, Filippo Scotti and Teresa Saponangelo both earned prizes at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.

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