The Hand of God

Italy | 2021 | 129 min. | Paolo Sorrentino

November 11, 2021

Cinema Italian Style

Legendary director Paolo Sorrentino turns his lens to the formative experiences of his Neapolitan youth in this funny, moving, and deeply personal story of heartbreak and liberation.

In-person screening only.

Naples, 1980s. Awkward, 17-year old Fabietto is struggling to find his way, but he’s already in a pretty good place. First, he has a loving, mischievous family that takes great pleasure in meddling in each other’s affairs. Second, there are rumors that the god-like, high-flying supernova named Diego Maradona may soon join the Napoli football team. When an inconceivable accident drops the bottom out of Fabietto’s world, he’s forced to wrestle with the nature of loss, and how he—saved by chance, fate, or the hand of God—will continue to celebrate being alive. Director’s Sorrentino brings his trademark visual flair and a boisterous energy to the film, but also infuses Fabietto’s world with a surprising tenderness and intimacy, creating a vivid, nuanced coming-of-age story, and his most personal film yet.

  • Original Language Title: E’ stata la mano di Dio
  • Director: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Principal Cast: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 129 min.
  • Producer: Paolo Sorrentino, Lorenzo Mieli
  • Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Cinematographers: Daria D’Antonio
  • Editors: Cristiano Travaglioli
  • Music: Lele Marchitelli
  • Awards: Venice Film Fesival 2021 (Grand Jury Prize, Best Young Actor)
  • Filmography: Loro (2018), The Great Beauty (2013)
  • Language: Italian
  • US Distributor: Netflix
  • International Sales: Netflix


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