Paolo Sorrentino to direct The Hand of God for Netflix
Staff Reporter | On 08, Jul 2020
Paolo Sorrentino will write and direct The Hand of God for Netflix.
Produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle company, and Paolo Sorrentino, the film is something of a mystery, with few details known about the plot – although the title, one suspects, refers to Diego Maradona, the Argentinian footballer who moved to Naples and proved a divisive figure.
Indeed, production will take place in Naples, with Sorrentino describing it as “an intimate and personal film”.
“I’m excited at the idea of filming in Naples again exactly twenty years after my first film,” the Oscar-winning director said in a statement. “The Hand of God represents for the first time in my career an intimate and personal film, a novel of formation at once light-hearted and painful. I’m delighted to partake in this adventure with producer Lorenzo Mieli, his company The Apartment and Netflix. The mutual understanding between myself and Teresa Moneo, David Kosse and Scott Stuber from Netflix on the meaning of the film was immediate and dazzling. They made me feel at home, an ideal condition, because this is precisely what this film means to me: going back home.”
David Kosse, Vice President, International Original Film at Netflix added: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Paolo Sorrentino so as soon as we were presented with The Hand of God, we knew that we wanted to partner with him and Lorenzo on this project. It’s an honour to work with one of the greatest filmmakers in Europe and to bring his incredible story to the world.”
“Paolo is an incredible storyteller who has cemented his place on the world cinema stage. The Hand of God is a personal film that is taking him back to Naples, his hometown, and is a beautifully written story in his signature style,” commented Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix Films.
Photo: Netflix / Claudio Porcarelli