Stripped of his common baroque type, Paolo Sorrentino shared emotion and tenderness on the Venice Movie Competition with It was the hand of God (the unique title is È stata la mano di Dio), an autobiographical movie by which he confronts the tragedy that marked his life as a young person: the unintentional demise of his dad and mom because of a fuel leak, not directly involving Diego Maradona.
The title is a tribute to the Argentine, soccer idol of the director of The nice magnificence and involuntary protagonist of the occasion, since Sorrentino’s dad and mom died throughout a ski getaway to which he most popular to not go in order to not miss the Napoli sport by which Ten performed.
The movie, which is collaborating within the Official Competitors for the Golden Lion, will probably be accessible on Netflix from December 15.
A picture from “It was the hand of God”, by Paolo Sorrentino. Netflix photograph
“It was a very painful time,” the director admitted right this moment at a press convention. Solely now, he added, simply turned 50, has he discovered the suitable maturity and distance to have the ability to inform it in the easiest way he is aware of how.
“I am very fearful in life, but brave in my films, I suppose it is a different form of courage,” mentioned Filippo Scotti, flanked by his actors, who embodies his youthful alter ego, his fetish interpreter Toni Servillo, right here was his father, and Teresa Saponangelo, who performs his mom.
It was the hand of God is a narrative of transition to maturity by which, regardless of every part, Sorrentino doesn’t surrender his hallmarks: hedonism, humor, melancholy and that surreal and exaggerated contact that’s higher understood by realizing that household and that metropolis of Naples by which the story takes place.
Paolo Sorrentino and actor Toni Servillo on the presentation of “It was the hand of God”. Photograph EFE
“Obviously a film has its demands, it is not about my autobiography, there are elements that are true and others that are not, but what is always true are my feelings or what I remember that I felt as a teenager,” he mentioned.
Though stylistically it’s his easiest work, It was the hand of God It additionally explains the way in which of understanding Sorrentino’s cinema and the origin of his vocation. “I don’t like reality, that’s why I want to make movies,” says the principle character, whose title is Fabietto, within the movie.
Among the many references which might be true, the providential look in his lifetime of one other Neapolitan filmmaker, Antonio Capuano, stands out, from whom he discovered the necessities of the commerce, in accordance with Sorrentino: “The idea that there is no film without a conflict that leads to pacification That’s what cinema is about and that he taught me. “
Sorrentino and his solid, in Venice: Toni Servillo, Marlon Joubert, Teresa Saponangelo, Filippo Scotti and Luisa Ranieri. Photograph EFE
Concerning the title, It was the hand of God, which alludes to the reason that Maradona gave of his legendary purpose scored together with his hand within the quarterfinal match of the World Cup in Mexico 86 towards England, Sorrentino considers it to be “a beautiful phrase”.
“It is paradoxical that a footballer said it because it is a great metaphor, an emblem that has to do with luck or divinity if you believe in it, I believe in the semi-divine power of Maradona,” he mentioned.
How was the tragedy
A couple of years in the past, in an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, the filmmaker mentioned that he’s alive, actually, because of Maradona. Sorrentino was born in Naples, he’s a fan of the town’s membership, Napoli and, in fact, of the Argentine footballer who gave him his first two Italian league titles. Because of this, as a young person I at all times went to see him on the San Paolo stadium, the place he performed residence.
“It was the hand of God”, by Paolo Sorrentino. Netflix photograph
However the issue arose once I needed to observe the staff by means of Italy: “Since I was fifteen years old, I asked my dad to let me go to see a Maradona and Napoli away game. They only let me see the local ones, ”Sorrentino recalled.
“When in that September of ’86 my parents told me that we had to go to spend a few days at our house in Roccaraso (a tourist town located in the mountains), I begged my father to let me go to Empoli, where he played games. Napoli was a visitor. He always told me he was too young, but I don’t know why he authorized me that day. They traveled and I stayed home. “
The anecdote has a surprising ending: “The next day, early in the morning, the electric doorman rang. I thought it was a friend of mine with whom we were going to travel to Empoli. But no. It was the doorman. He had to tell me something. I went downstairs, and with teary eyes he told me that my parents had died during the night in our summer house. There was a gas leak and they died in their sleep. I saved my life thanks to Maradona ”.
Diego Maradona in Napoli, right here with Michel Platini, who performed for Juventus. Photograph Clarín Archive
That day, Napoli drew goalless and Sorrentino lastly didn’t go to the match. However he additionally didn’t accompany his dad and mom, who died from inhaling carbon monoxide. That season, the staff was champion. It could be the primary of the titles he would get from Diego: two Collection A (1986/87 and 1988/89), one Italian Cup (1986/87), one Tremendous Cup (1990) and one UEFA Cup (1988/89). ).
As a consequence of that fortuitous occasion, the Neapolitan director by no means stopped expressing his gratitude to Maradona. In 2014, when he needed to go on stage on the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to obtain the Oscar for finest international movie for The nice magnificence, included Diego in his phrases of thanks.
“Thanks to my inspirers: Federico Fellini, Talking Heads, Martin Scorsese and Diego Armando Maradona,” he mentioned that night time when he obtained the statuette.