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Sorrentino says making a personal film has helped him deal with tragedy

FILE PHOTO: The 78th Venice International Film Festival
FILE PHOTO: 78th Venice Film Festival – ‘Hand of God’ Competition Picture – Venice, Italy, September 2, 2021 – Director Paolo Sorrentino and actors Toni Servillo, Marlon Joubert, Teresa Saponangelo, Filippo Scotti and Luisa Ranieri pose . REUTERS / Yara Nardi / File photo

November 29, 2021

By Hanna Rantala

(CNN) – Italian director Paolo Sorrentino says it was very helpful for him to work on “The Hand of God,” a coming-of-age film set in 1980s Naples, featuring a tragedy his own family on screen.

Sorrentino, known for “The Great Beauty” and the “Young Pope,” recounted how as a 17-year-old he went to a football game the night his parents were killed from carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Filmmaking can be useful because it’s one thing… coming to terms with traumatic memories for yourself and sharing them with so many people, which is inevitable when you decide to make a movie about it,” said Sorrentino. told Reuters.

“It makes you focus on the real things, you need to take care of specific issues like the lighting, the sound and the actors’ makeup and maybe that helps to take down the monsters that seem like paralysis in one’s life. ”

The film’s title refers to the late Argentine footballer Diego Maradona’s description of his famous goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

Maradona, who died last year, joined Napoli in the mid-1980s and played the night Sorrentino arrived at the stadium.

“It was a big dream of mine to show him my movie but it didn’t happen,” Sorrentino said.

Despite his mention of tragedy, Sorrentino still manages to bring humor to his film.

“A lot of the humor in the movies is real because, fortunately, many of my family members are very funny, or at least they seemed to me when I was a kid,” he said.

Longtime collaborator Toni Servillo plays Sorrentino’s father, while newcomer Filippo Scotti stars in his youth.

“I still wonder to myself how it happened,” Scotti said. “I was chosen and I even asked (Sorrentino) ‘are you sure?’ but then I entrust myself to him and he puts his trust in me too.”

“Hand of God” had a limited theatrical release in early December before streaming on Netflix on December 15.

(Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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