Read the English and Italian scripts for Paolo Sorrentino Pic – Deadline

When Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino celebrated his 50th birthday, he decided the opportunity was ripe with the potential to break away from the many enduring ways in which he has made distinctive and much-loved projects (including the Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty, Youth, Il Divo, The Consequences of Love and The young pope) and experimenting with new cinematographic and narrative techniques. And for his next film, God’s handhe decided to plumb the depths of his own past as well.

“Why now?” thought Sorrentino. “I started to look at the past, without getting too involved. So over the past few years, I’ve been able to look into my past with some kind of purpose, and it’s helping me put my life in order.

“I had this story that I was afraid to do because it’s very personal, but because it’s a painful story – even if there’s some comedy in it – I thought it was a good idea to share my pain with a potential audience and see if that pain only concerned me or also others, ”says Sorrentino of his autobiographical account, which is set in the 1980s amid the scenic splendours but little documented from his native Naples, to which he eventually returned for production decades after leaving the city.

“It’s the dream of this young man who has had a life divided into two very specific paths. One was when he was young, around 16, 17, and there was this happy family and the light and his life was full of joy,” Sorrentino says of his on-screen avatar story, the young filmmaker in the making Fabietto Schisa, played by Filippo Scotti. “Then after a tragedy – he loses his parents – life will become something else. So his encounter with the world of cinema will be a chance for him to escape reality.

By a twist of fate, the real-world Sorrentino avoided the same fate as his parents – who died of a gas leak – because he begged and begged to attend an away game at the club of Naples football to vibrate. the shrewd play of superstar Diego Maradona, whose arrival on the scene united the people of Naples and made him an enduring icon for Sorrentino and his contemporaries.

“Maradona was a key figure for me and for many Neapolitans of my generation,” says Sorrentino, who recounts how his personal idolization of Maradona fortuitously led him to escape a tragic end in the film’s narrative. “He suddenly arrived in Naples, and he brought an idea of ​​freedom that we in Naples had perhaps forgotten.”

While the filmmaker was closely tied to his own experiences when crafting the script, once in production he wanted the story to take on a unique life in the hands of a cast and crew in whom he trusted to guide the story of his life. “When I wrote the movie, I was taking care of my life,” he recalls, “but when I went to shoot, I decided to treat this script like a movie, not like my life.”

God’s hand debuted at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize as well as Best Actor for Scotti. It has since been a perennial on Best Foreign Film lists with Best Picture names from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and European Film Awards, among others. Netflix released it in theaters in early December and it started streaming there from December 15.

Click below to read the script in Italian and English.