The Hand of God | Official Trailer | Netflix

Italy’s official submission for International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.

From Academy Award-winning writer and director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, The Great Beauty, The Young Pope), comes the story of a boy, Fabietto Schisa, in the tumultuous Naples of the 1980s. The Hand of God is a story full of unexpected joys, such as the arrival of football legend Diego Maradona, and an equally unexpected tragedy. Fate plays its part, joy and tragedy intertwine, and Fabietto’s future is set in motion. Sorrentino returns to his hometown to tell his most personal story, a tale of fate and family, sports and cinema, love and loss.

In select theatres December and on Netflix December 15.



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The Hand of God | Official Trailer | Netflix

In 1980s Naples, young Fabietto pursues his love for football as family tragedy strikes, shaping his uncertain but promising future as a filmmaker.


  1. The movie is not about Maradona, it's an autobiographical Sorrentino movie, about the city of Naples, about returning to his origins, about dealing with his past, about looking reality in the face, about not "disunite" himself and not escape from reality to an another world (like in the director previous filmography). Director Capuano explains it very well to Fabio at the end of the movie, when the protagonist says that he doesn't like reality anymore because it is lousy.

  2. In the trailer, the part where he says "I don't like reality anymore", really hit close to me and made me remember about when I as an only child, at 16 too just lost my father, I had this out of touch way of speaking for quite sometime. I know that I'm naturally a person who tends to daydream a lot but I guess since I lost my father, it's like I preferred drifting into my 'dream world' more. (lol I Don't know if what I said here made any sense, but I just felt I should let this thought out)

  3. LOVED IT! Superbe acting from the entire cast. You truly believe every single character. Everything in the film feels authentic to the core and personal. The cinematography is excellent. I was impressed by the scene of the car rushing to hospital. Not to mention the various family moments that keep you glued to the screen. My favourite images are the ones of the sea, Naples, Capri and the close-ups of people. A few messages about life, success, death, poverty, superstition, coming out of age and a passion for life feel very philosophical, deep and moving. They turn the film into a masterpiece. The story is well written and easy to follow. It is optimistic, dreamy, sad, tragic, exuberant, passionate and euphoric all at the same time. The title is brilliant and itself a piece of art. Beware the pace can be quite slow at times, and the overall tone is deeply melancholic. Highly recommended nevertheless.

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