Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino On ‘The Hand of God,’ Oscar Glory & Recreating 1980s Naples [Interview]

In “The Hand of God,” the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino conjures memories of his formative years in picturesque Naples. Capturing both the sun-dappled summer days he passed in the company of his larger-than-life family and the profound tragedy that set him on a path toward filmmaking, this partly autobiographical drama focuses on Fabio Schisa (Filippo Scotti), a teenager growing up in southern Italy during the 1980s.
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Los Angeles-Italia to Fete Oscar-Nominated Paolo Sorrentino, Massimo Cantini Parrini and Enrico Casarosa

Click here to read the full article. The upcoming Los Angeles-Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival will be honoring Italian directors Paolo Sorrentino (“The Hand of God”) and Enrico Casarosa (“Luca”) as well as costume-designer Massimo Cantini Parrini (“Cyrano”) all of whom have scored nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.  The 17th edition of the pre-Oscars event will be held March 20-26 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre and also online. This year’s opening ceremony will be hosted by veteran Italian-American actor Robert Davi, who is also this year’s president of the event. Sofia Milos (“CSI: Miami”) and Hollywood acting coach Bernard Hiller...
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Paolo Sorrentino (‘The Hand of God’)

Paolo Sorrentino, the guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, is, in the words of The New York Times, “one of Italy’s leading contemporary directors,” and, as The Guardian put it, “arguably the leader of a new-ish wave of exciting Italian directors.” The recipient of five David di Donatello awards and six Nastro d’Argento awards, he is best known for 2013’s The Great Beauty, his country’s entry for the best foreign language film Oscar (now known as the best international feature film Oscar) and won that award. And his latest film, 2021’s largely autobiographical dramedy The Hand...

‘Hand of God’ Director Paolo Sorrentino: ‘Being an Oscar Candidate for a Second Time Means the First Time Wasn’t Just a Fluke’

In a new series, Variety catches up with the directors of the films shortlisted for the International Feature Oscar to discuss their road to the awards, what they’ve learned so far, and what’s taken them off guard. Paolo Sorrentino, who won an international Oscar for “The Great Beauty” in 2014, is back in contention with autobiographical film “The Hand of God,” which marks the director’s return to filmmaking in his native Naples 20 years after his debut, “One Man Up.” This Netflix Italian original film is the story of a goofy kid named Fabietto who starts harboring a passion for filmmaking in...

Robert De Niro On Paolo Sorrentino Bringing Naples To Life In Coming-Of-Age Film ‘The Hand Of God’ – Guest Column

Editors note: When we think of Robert De Niro and Italy, it’s easiest to focus on the Sicilian town of Corleone, because of his Oscar-winning turn in The Godfather: Part II. But De Niro wanted to focus on Naples, which director Paolo Sorrentino brought to life in The Hand of God. De Niro was so moved, he wrote a guest column for Deadline on why the film touched him so dearly. There are so many terrific things about The Hand of God, Paolo Sorrentino’s rich coming-of-age story. It’s an intensely personal film. Sorrentino, who wrote as well as directed, created his...

Paolo Sorrentino, Isabella Rossellini Talk Pain, Joy, Fellini and Maradona in ‘The Hand of God’

As we enter the final countdown to the Feb. 8 Oscar nominations announcement, Isabella Rossellini is clearly rooting for Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God,” which is Italy’s candidate for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and among the shortlisted titles. To help promote the pic with Academy voters, Rossellini engaged in an online chat with the director and young Italian actor Filippo Scotti, who plays Sorrentino’s alter-ego Fabietto in the pic. She also wore a gold horn amulet that belonged to her father, the late great Italian master Roberto Rossellini, for good luck. Here are edited excerpts of the...

Paolo Sorrentino breaks down four memorable scenes in ‘The Hand Of God’

Paolo Sorrentino drew on his own adolescence and rich family history to tell evocative, Naples-set tale The Hand Of God. The Oscar-winning filmmaker guides Screen through his creative choices in four memorable scenes. The Hand Of God marks a change of direction for 51-year-old Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. With films...