The Hand of God

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2021

Paolo Sorrentino
Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
130 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Italy
Primary language

Oscar®-winning director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty) pens a love letter to his hometown (the Maradona-obsessed Naples of the 1980s) in this bitingly funny, semi-autobiographical family tale.

Sorrentino follows Fabietto (Filippo Scotti), a teenager whose sexual and creative education is formed through the prism of his passion for icons of football (Diego Maradona, the greatest footballer in the world, who could join the Naples football team) and cinema (Federico Fellini). An unexpected accident throws Fabietto’s life into turmoil, but also sets him firmly on his creative path: fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion.

This is Sorrentino's most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.