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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
130min
Digital
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.