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Preview: The Hand of God

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Paolo Sorrentino’s bitingly funny, semi-autobiographical family tale is set during the Maradona-obsessed Naples of the 1980s.

The Hand of God

Italy 2021
Dir Paolo Sorrentino
With Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
Certificate TBC
With English subtitles
Courtesy of Netflix

A tight-knit Neapolitan family’s supposedly settled lives are beset by old history, jealousies and not-so-hidden infidelities. This is all set against the febrile backdrop of 1980s Naples, a city gripped by a quasi-religious fervor, due to the city’s team signing football genius and larger-than-life figure Maradona. Depicting all this rich cultural tapestry Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) has reached into his own history and fashioned a bold, visually striking drama that uses its glorious locations to full effect. By turns touching, grotesque and savagely funny, and featuring an excellent ensemble cast (including the ever-brilliant Toni Servillo), The Hand of God comes replete with some jaw-dropping scenes that are typical of Sorrentino, a filmmaker at the top of his game.

Adrian Wootton, LFF Programmer

Tickets £15, concs £12 (BFI Members pay £2 less) on sale Fri 10 Sep to BFI Champions and Patrons from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00.