The 78th Venice Movie Pageant – Picture name for ‘The Hand of God’ in competitors – Venice, Italy, September 2, 2021 – Director Paolo Sorrentino and actor Toni Servillo pose. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
September 2, 2021
By Silvia Aloisi
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Italian film-maker Paolo Sorrentino turns private with “The Hand of God”, a film about his personal coming of age in Eighties Naples after dropping his mother and father as an adolescent.
Presenting the movie on the Venice movie competition, Sorrentino mentioned that as he turned 50 final yr he had lastly felt capable of inform the story of his crowded, playful household and the way his life was upended by his mother and father’ unintentional loss of life.
“Possibly I’ve made it now as a result of I’ve the proper age. I believed I used to be previous and mature sufficient to face such a private movie,” he mentioned. “A pricey colleague instructed me I by no means make something that may be very private, and I believed it was a problem to know.”
He added that the concern of tackling such a fragile theme shortly melted away on set.
“I’m fearful in life, however in movies I’m fairly courageous… right here the bravery that was required was slightly bit completely different. The bravery got here out in writing the screenplay moderately than within the filming.”
The movie is known as after Diego Maradona’s description of his well-known objective in opposition to England on the 1986 World Cup. The late Argentine footballer – who went on to play for Naples within the mid-Eighties and have become an instantaneous native hero – looms giant within the film.
“I believe Maradona had semi-divine powers,” Sorrentino mentioned half-jokingly, including that one in all his largest regrets was to not have been capable of present the movie to the footballer, who died final yr.
Sorrentino, who was 17 on the time, was in Naples to see Maradona play on the night time his mother and father had been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning on the household’s ski home.
He gave the position of his father to Toni Servillo, a long-time collaborator, whereas his younger self is performed by Italian newcomer Filippo Scotti, who he mentioned displayed “that very same shyness and awkwardness that I keep in mind having as a 17-, 18-year-old lad.”
Servillo, one in all Italy’s most acclaimed actors who has labored with Sorrentino for the previous 20 years, mentioned he was moved to play the director’s dad, however added that regardless of the painful reminiscences, the ambiance on the set was at instances hilarious — and the movie is peppered with outright humorous scenes.
A Netflix manufacturing, “The Hand of God” is one in all 21 titles vying for the highest Golden Lion award on the Venice movie competition, which ends on Sept. 11.
(Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)