The Hand of God
The Hand of God (2021) film poster.jpg
Film poster
ItalianÈ stata la mano di Dio
Directed byPaolo Sorrentino
Written byPaolo Sorrentino
Produced by
  • Paolo Sorrentino
  • Lorenzo Mieli
Starring
CinematographyDaria D'Antonio
Edited byCristiano Travaglioli
Music byLele Marchitelli
Production
company
The Apartment
Distributed byNetflix
Release dates
  • 2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) (Venice)
  • 24 November 2021 (2021-11-24)
Running time
130 minutes[1]
CountryItaly
LanguageItalian

The Hand of God (Italian: È stata la mano di Dio, lit.'It was the hand of God') is a 2021 Italian drama film written, directed, and produced by Paolo Sorrentino. It stars Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Luisa Ranieri, Renato Carpentieri, Massimiliano Gallo, Betti Pedrazzi, Biagio Manna, and Ciro Capano. The film refers autobiographically to Sorrentino's youth in Naples.

It competed for the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and where Filippo Scotti received the Marcello Mastroianni Award. It was released in a limited release on 24 November 2021, followed by streaming on Netflix on 15 December 2021. It was nominated for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.[2]

Plot

In the 1980s, young Fabietto lives at home in Naples with his father Saverio Schisa and mother Maria Schisa. He doesn’t have many friends nor a lover and wants to study philosophy in college. For the time being, he's mainly listening to music and watching Diego Maradona play for his home team, Napoli. His brother Marchino takes him to acting auditions and sympathizes with his affection for their emotionally troubled aunt Patrizia. Fabietto’s parents are building a new home in Roccaraso. They visit the home without Fabietto who decides to stay to while they go along. There is a carbon monoxide leak in the new home. His mother dies in the home. While his father dies in the hospital. Due to this Fabietto comes of age in a cruel and brutal manner.[3][4]

Cast

Production

In July 2020, it was announced Paolo Sorrentino would write, direct, and produce the film, with Netflix attached to distribute.[6] That same month, a lawyer for Diego Maradona stated he was considering legal action against the film for its title, as it is a reference to Maradona's 1986 FIFA World Cup goal against England, and use of Maradona's image was not authorized. Netflix responded that the film is not a sports film or about Maradona and instead a personal story inspired by Sorrentino's youth.[7] In September 2020, Toni Servillo joined the cast of the film, with principal photography commencing that same month, in Naples, Italy.[8]

Release

The cast along with the film's director Paolo Sorrentino during the première at the 2021 Venice Film Festival
The cast along with the film's director Paolo Sorrentino during the première at the 2021 Venice Film Festival

The Hand of God had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2021. It became available worldwide on Netflix on 15 December 2021.[9]

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 83% based on 143 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Although The Hand of God isn't Sorrentino's best work, this beautifully filmed coming-of-age story sings in a beguiling, albeit minor, key."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]

Accolades

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Academy Awards 27 March 2022 Best International Feature Film Italy Nominated [12]
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 18 March 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [13]
BAFTA Awards 13 March 2022 Best Film Not In the English Language The Hand of God Nominated [14]
Best Casting Annamaria Sambucco Nominated
Black Film Critics Circle Awards 22 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Won [15]
Capri Hollywood International Film Festival 4 January 2022 Best International Feature The Hand of God Won [16]
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Breakout Actor of the Year Filippo Scotti Won
European Feature Film of the Year The Hand of God Won
European Director of the Year Paolo Sorrentino Won
European Producer of the Year Lorenzo Mieli Won
Italian Actor of the Year Toni Servillo Won
Italian Actress of the Year Teresa Saponangelo Won
Casting Society of America 17 March 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Studio or Independent Drama Annamaria Sambucco Nominated [17]
CinEuphoria Awards 13 January 2022 Best International Film The Hand of God Won [18]
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Actor Filippo Scotti Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Luisa Ranieri Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Teresa Saponangelo Nominated
Best Duo Teresa Saponangelo & Toni Servillo Nominated
Best Cast Ensemble The Hand of God Won
Best Art Direction Iole Autero & Carmine Guarino Nominated
Best Costume Design Mariano Tufano Nominated
Best Make-Up Vincenzo Mastrantonio & Marco Perna Nominated
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Original Music Lele Marchitelli Nominated
Best Sound/Sound Effects The Hand of God Nominated
Best Poster The Hand of God Nominated
Best Trailer The Hand of God Won
Top 10 Films of the Year The Hand of God Won
Critics Choice Movie Awards 13 March 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [19]
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 20 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [20]
David di Donatello Awards 3 May 2022 Best Film The Hand of God Won [21]
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Won
Best Original Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Producer Paolo Sorrentino & Lorenzo Mieli Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Filippo Scotti Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Teresa Saponangelo Won
Luisa Ranieri Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Toni Servillo Nominated
Best Cinematography Daria D'Antonio Won
Best Costumes Mariano Tufano Nominated
Best Editing Cristiano Travaglioli Nominated
Best Production Design Iole Autero & Carmine Guarino Nominated
Best Make-Up Vincenzo Mastrantonio Nominated
Best Sound The Hand of God Nominated
Best Visual Effects Rodolfo Migliari Nominated
David Youth Award The Hand of God Won
Dublin Film Critics' Circle 21 December 2021 Best Cinematography Daria D'Antonio Nominated [22]
European Film Awards 11 December 2021 Best Film The Hand of God Nominated [23]
Best Director Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Best Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 22 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Won [24]
Georgia Film Critics Association 14 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [25]
Golden Globe Awards 9 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [26]
Golden Reel Awards 13 March 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Foreign Language Feature Silvia Moraes Nominated [27]
Hawaii Film Critics Society 14 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Won [28]
International Cinephile Society 6 February 2022 Best Breakthrough Performance Filippo Scotti Nominated [29]
Kansas City Film Critics Association 16 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [30]
London Film Critics' Circle 6 February 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [31]
London Film Festival 17 October 2021 Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated [32]
Middleburg Film Festival 21 October 2021 International Spotlight Award Paolo Sorrentino Won [33]
Mill Valley Film Festival 17 October 2021 Festival Award Paolo Sorrentino & Filippo Scotti Won [34]
Music City Film Critics Association 25 January 2022 Best International Film The Hand of God Nominated [35]
Newport Beach Film Festival 28 October 2021 Best International Film Paolo Sorrentino Won [36]
North American Film Critic Association 6 February 2022 Best Cinematography Daria D'Antonio Nominated [37]
Best Foreign Film The Hand of God Nominated
North Dakota Film Society Awards 17 January 2022 Best International Feature The Hand of God Nominated [38]
Palm Springs International Film Festival 28 October 2021 Best Foreign Language Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated [39]
Phoenix Critics Circle 18 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [40]
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 18 December 2021 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Won [41]
Robert Awards 6 February 2022 Best Non-English Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [42]
Satellite Awards 2 April 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [43]
Seattle Film Critics Society 17 January 2022 Best Foreign Language Film The Hand of God Nominated [44]
Set Decorators Society of America 22 February 2022 Best Achievement in Decor/Design of a Feature Film - Contemporary Iole Autero & Carmine Guarino Nominated [45]
South African Online Film Critics 29 December 2021 Best International Feature Film The Hand of God Won [46]
St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards 19 December 2021 Best International Film The Hand of God Runner-up [47]
Sydney Film Festival 15 November 2021 Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Nominated [48]
Turkish Film Critics Association 17 January 2022 Best Streaming Film The Hand of God Nominated [49]
Venice Film Festival 11 September 2021 Golden Lion Paolo Sorrentino Nominated [50]
Grand Jury Prize Paolo Sorrentino Won
Marcello Mastroianni Award Filippo Scotti Won
Pasinetti Award for Best Film Paolo Sorrentino Won
Pasinetti Award for Best Actress Teresa Saponangelo Won

See also

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