Presented in competition at the next edition of the Venice Film Festival, The Hand of God is Paolo Sorrentino’s new film and the first he is directing for Netflix.
Paolo Sorrentino finds Toni Servillo his favorite actor for a seventh collaboration in a feature film with The Hand of God, which is also his first film for Netflix. The Italian screenwriter and director tells a story that he describes like the most personal, and which takes place in the Naples of his childhood.
When the project was announced by Netflix, Sorrentino expressed himself in these terms:
I had never made such an intimate and personal film. The Hand of God is, for me, a learning novel, both light and painful.
Long kept secret, the synopsis is revealed at the same time as the trailer:
“Paolo Sorrentino retraces the initiatory journey of a young man in the Naples of the 1980s. Fabietto Schisa, a troubled teenager, lives with his eccentric and colorful family. But his daily life is suddenly turned upside down when Diego Maradona, planetary football legend, arrives in Naples and miraculously saves him from a terrible accident. This unexpected meeting with the football star will be decisive for the future of the young man. “
We recognize Sorrentino’s almost manic aesthetic in these first images of great beauty with, as usual, a mixture of secular and sacred. The press release concludes cryptically, indicating that the director delivers here “his most personal film, which mixes fate and family, sport and cinema, love and lost illusions.”