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Paolo Sorrentino on the set of The hand of God
Paolo Sorrentino on the set of “The Hand of God” Photo by Gianni Fiorito

Italian director and screenwriter Paolo Sorrentino will give a masterclass and present his latest film The Hand of God at the 69th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The author of The Great Beauty  (La grande bellezza ) will talk about his latest film and its connections with the seventh art.

Paolo Sorrentino (Naples, Italy. 1970) debuted with L’uomo in più / One Man Up, 2001, screened in Cinema del Presente, at Venice. This was followed by The Consequences of Love (Le conseguenze dell’amore), 2004, which competed at the Festival de Cannes, to which he returned in 2006 with The Family Friend(L’amico di famiglia); in 2008 with Il Divo, winner of the Jury Prize; in 2011 with This Must Be the Place; in 2013 with The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza), winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film; and in 2016 with Youth, winner of three European Film Awards. Completing his filmography are Loro (2018) and The Hand of God (È stata la mano di Dio), which competed in Venice. He has also directed the series The Young Pope (2016) and The New Pope (2019).

From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), comes the The Hand of  God (È Stata La Mano di Dio ), the story of a young man’s heartbreak and liberation in Naples, Italy. The film stars Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Biagio Manna and Luisa Ranieri.

It’s the 1980s and 17-year-old Fabietto Schisa might be an awkward Italian teen struggling to find his place, but he finds joy in an amazing family who love life, relish mischief and take deep pleasure in meddling in one another’s complicated relationships. Then comes a pair of events that alter everything. One is the triumphant arrival in Naples of a god-like athletic legend: high-flying soccer idol Maradona, who has Fabietto, and the whole scrappy city, feeling a pride that once seemed impossible. The other is an inconceivable accident that will drop the bottom out of Fabietto’s world- setting his future in motion. Seemingly saved by Maradona, touched by chance or the hand of God, Fabietto wrestles with the nature of fate, the confusion of loss, and the intoxicating freedom of being alive.

Watch the official teaser trailer for The Hand of  God.

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