The Hand of God (film)

The Hand of God (Italian: È stata la mano di Dio) is a 2021 Italian drama film written, directed, and produced by Paolo Sorrentino. It stars Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo, Marlon Joubert, Luisa Ranieri, Renato Carpentieri, Massimiliano Gallo, Betti Pedrazzi, Biagio Manna and Ciro Capano.

The Hand of God
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Film poster
ItalianÈ stata la mano di Dio
Directed byPaolo Sorrentino
Written byPaolo Sorrentino
Produced by
  • Paolo Sorrentino
  • Lorenzo Mieli
CinematographyDaria D'Antonio
Edited byCristiano Travaglioli
Music byLele Marchitelli
  • The Apartment
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) (Venice)
  • 24 November 2021 (2021-11-24)
Running time
130 minutes[1]

It competed for the Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and where Filippo Scotti received the Marcello Mastroianni Award. It is scheduled to be released in a limited release on 24 November 2021, followed by streaming on Netflix on 15 December 2021. It was selected as the Italian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards.[2]


The cast along with the film's director Paolo Sorrentino during the première at the 2021 Venice Film Festival
  • Filippo Scotti as Fabietto Schisa
  • Toni Servillo as Saverio Schisa
  • Teresa Saponangelo as Maria Schisa
  • Luisa Ranieri as Patrizia
  • Massimiliano Gallo as Franco
  • Renato Carpentieri as Alfredo
  • Marlon Joubert as Marchino Schisa
  • Betti Pedrazzi as Baronessa Focale
  • Biagio Manna as Armando
  • Ciro Capano as Capuano
  • Enzo De Caro as San Gennaro
  • Sofya Gershevich as Yulia
  • Roberto Oliveri as Maurizio
  • Lino Musella as Marriettiello
  • Cristiana Dell'Anna as Armando sister
  • Monica Nappo as Silvana
  • Carmen Pommella as Annarella
  • Adriano Saleri as Fellini's assistant


In July 2020, it was announced Paolo Sorrentino would write, direct, and produce the film, with Netflix attached to distribute.[3] In September 2020, Toni Servillo joined the cast of the film, with principal photography commencing that same month, in Naples, Italy.[4]


In July 2020, a lawyer for Diego Maradona stated he was exploring legal action against the film for its title, as it is a reference to Maradona's 1986 FIFA World Cup goal against England, and use of Maradona's image was not authorized. However, Netflix stated the film is not a sports film or about Maradona and instead a personal story inspired by Sorrentino's youth.[5]


The Hand of God had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2021. It will be streamed worldwide on Netflix on 15 December 2021.[6]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 77% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10.[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

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  1. ^ "The Hand of God". Venice International Film Festival. Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Oscar 94^ Edizione: "È stata la mano di Dio" È il film Italiano designato per la categoria "International Feature Film Award"". ANICA. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. ^ Ravindran, Manori (8 July 2020). "Paolo Sorrentino to Direct 'The Hand of God' for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  4. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (14 September 2020). "Toni Servillo Joins Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Hand of God' as Shooting Starts". Variety. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  5. ^ Grater, Tom (13 July 2020). "Diego Maradona Exploring Legal Action Over Paolo Sorrentino Netflix Film 'The Hand Of God'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (19 August 2021). "'The Hand Of God': Teaser For Paolo Sorrentino's Venice-Bound Story Of Fate, Family, Sports, Cinema, Love & Loss". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  7. ^ "The Hand of God". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  8. ^ "The Hand of God". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved 4 September 2021.

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