Tower of god

Posted: Sep 2, 2021 / 06:49 AM CDT / Updated: Sep 2, 2021 / 08:33 AM CDT

Director Paolo Sorrentino poses for portraits at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival at the Venice Livị, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, where he’s presenting his lachạy thử movie ‘E’ stata la mano di Dio’ (The hand of God). The festival opens on Sept. 1 through Sept. 11. (APhường Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

VENICE (AP) — Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has profiled some powerful figures over the years, from real-life Italian premiers lớn fictional popes, as well as his adopted Rome in the Oscar-winner “The Great Beauty.” But in his newest release, Sorrentino turns the camera on his own personal tragedy.

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Sorrentino’s autobiographical “The Hvà of God,” which premieres Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, recounts how his otherwise normal childhood in 1980s Naples was upended by the sudden, accidental death of his parents & how a certain athlete had an unintentional role in saving his life.

He has spoken before about the trauma — both his parents died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the family’s ski house when Sorrentino was 16. But “The Hvà of God” is the film Sorrentino felt he always had khổng lồ make, và finally found the right moment after he turned 50 and the pandemic interrupted other projects.

“I thought it might be helpful, since I have always remained stuchồng at that age (16), at the pain of that age,” Sorrentino said in an interview Wednesday. “I never was able to lớn budge from that.”

The film, though, tells a more universal story, of family, heroes and hope, & the coming-of-age of an awkward teen thrust suddenly into lớn adulthood and forced khổng lồ find his way alone.

“This is something that maybe is a minimal comfort to lớn kids who have sầu spent the last two years closed up at trang chính, & maybe have an idea of the future that’s much more unstable than previous generations had,” he said.

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Sorrentino has tapped his past before in more nuanced ways: Jude Law was an orphan, like Sorrentino, before being inexplicably elected to run the Catholic Church in “The Young Pope,” the lush, 10-episode television series that aired on HBO & Sky.

For the feature of his life, Sorrentino asked a member of his professional family, actor Toni Servillo, to lớn play his father. In doing so, Sorrentino tapped a longtime collaborator & frikết thúc whose portrayal of the one-hit-wonder Jep Gambardella helped cement the 2014 foreign language Osoto for “The Great Beauty.”

“Every so often over the years we’d talk about it,” Servillo said. A few years ago, Sorrentino “said the time had probably come khổng lồ vày the film and he asked me if I would be the father. And naturally I was flattered.”

Noting that Sorrentino has frequently referred khổng lồ hlặng as his older brother, Servillo quipped: “I was promoted from older brother khổng lồ father.”

Sorrentino’s young alter ego is played by Italian newcomer Filippo Scotti, who acknowledged the rather odd situation of having lớn play his own director, without the benefit of having known him previously, much less as a teenager. But he said he trusted his instincts, & with Sorrentino’s direction, made the role his own.

“It was harder thinking about doing it than actually doing it,” he said.

The film’s other great star, và the inspiration for its title, is the late, great soccer legover Diego Maradomãng cầu, whose arrival in Naples in a 1984 trade from Barcelona rewrote local club Napoli’s soccer history. It was while playing for his native sầu Argentimãng cầu in the 1986 World Cup that Maradona made the infamous “Hand of God” goal, punching the ball into the net to give sầu Argentina a quarterfinal victory over England.

Sorrentino said Maradona’s arrival — “Maradona didn’t just arrive sầu, he appeared” — was a bolt of energy for the team, for Naples và especially its young people.

“I can only interpret hyên ổn in divine terms,” Sorrentino said. “There’s very little that’s human about hyên. Everything he did, everything that happened, has to vày with the divine.”

And it was precisely during an April 5, 1987, Empoli-Napoli game that Maradomãng cầu essentially saved the young Sorrentino’s life. Sorrentino, then 16, was supposed to lớn have sầu joined his parents that weekend at their ski house in central Italy, but stayed trang chính so he could see Maradomãng cầu play.

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“I’m sure that there are a lot of people who believe sầu, either for a series of coincidences or not, that Maradona saved their lives,” he said. “In my case, that is what happened.”

After a period of loss, grief and uncertainty about finding his way, the young Sorrentino decided he wanted khổng lồ make films. And 20 years after his debut feature played at Venice — “One Man Up,” featuring a Neapolitan soccer star and none other than Servillo as a washed-up singer — Sorrentino has returned to the Livì with a Netflix film in the main competition.

“The great regret is that he can’t see it,” Sorrentino said, recalling Maradona’s 20trăng tròn death. “The only spectator who really interested me was hyên, though given he’s a divine figure, maybe he can see it from where he is.”

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