Autumn is coming and with it the great international film festivals. The first will be the 2021 Venice Film Festival. This year many films are hoping to debut at that particular event amid the hope that vaccines can bring us back to normal. One of the most anticipated titles is The Hand of God, the new film by the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, which just released its first teaser.
The Hand of God is a drama inspired by the youth of its director Paolo Sorrentino. There are very few details about the movie and the plot, but the preview shows us what appears to be a family drama that takes full advantage of the landscapes of Italy. The title is inspired by the famous phrase of the late Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona, but this is not a movie about him.
The film will debut in competition in Venice 2021 this September 3 and will later arrive on Netflix, the platform that produced the film. The film was shot in Sorrentino’s hometown in Naples. The protagonist is Fabietto (Filippo Scotti), a teenager whose family life is turned upside down with the arrival of Maradona, who saves him. It is a very personal story for the filmmaker.
Sorrentino is surely remembered from the movie The Great Beauty – 91%, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in the 2013 edition of the ceremony. He is also the director of the series The Young Pope – 76%, original HBO title starring Jude Law. In fact, it was with episodes of that show that it was last presented in Venice in 2019. His return is one that is highly anticipated because of all of this.
The Venice Film Festival will have some of the most anticipated films of the year made by European filmmakers, because in addition to Sorrentino, Parallel mothers, the new Spanish movie Pedro Almodovar, will also debut there. But also for the Hollywood industry, since the long-awaited adaptation of Dune of Denis Villeneuve will have its world premiere in that Italian city. So look forward to a lot of movie news in the next few weeks.
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As if that weren’t enough, too Last Night in Soho, from Edgar Wright, will have its world premiere in Venice. That movie, which features Anya Taylor-Joy, adds to Spencer, the Chilean movie Pablo Larrain with Kristen Stewartt as Princess Diana, in a story that tells of the days when she decides to divorce Prince Charles of England. Likewise, there will be the premiere of The Card Counter, the new of Paul Schrader.
The Hand of God will make its debut in Venice on September 3. The festival will take place from the first to the eleventh of that same month and the jury for this edition is chaired by Bong Joon-ho. We can see the film around the world at the end of November on Netflix. And a few days before the conclusion of the event, it will be the opening of the Toronto Festival 2021, which will be the next venue for the expected premieres for the second half of the year.
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