Robert De Niro praises Sorrentino: “The Hand of God full of fantastic things”

Hollywood star appreciates ‘It Was God’s Hand’: “Incredibly Personal”

“There are so many fantastic things” in Paolo Sorrentino’s film ‘E’ è stato la mano di Dio ‘, “rich history of formation”. Robert De Niro’s endorsement of Paolo Sorrentino and his ‘The Hand of God’ (in English) is a real endorsement. The Italian-American star wanted to dedicate a comment to the film published by the magazine ‘Deadline’, a few weeks after the Oscar Night, where Sorrentino’s work is nominated for the statuette for the best film in the international language.

The two-time Oscar-winning actor calls “It was the hand of God” “an incredibly personal film. Sorrentino, who wrote as well as directed the film, created his surrogate Fabietto from his own DNA and experiences and set the film in his native Naples. Fabietto’s most important co-star is not a member of the wonderful cast but the city itself. Sorrentino’s love for Naples is immediately shared in the first beautiful shots of an aerial approach to the city from the Gulf of Naples. Love that can be seen in his affection for the variety of characters in the story: eccentric, often very funny, ‘larger than life’, passionate, full of joy and hope “.

“I’ve only been to Naples a few times – writes Robert De Niro – but for me this film is decidedly Neapolitan in the way many of Martin Scorsese’s films (Wolf of Wall Street, Bringing Out the Dead, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, etc. .) like many other Woody Allen films (Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose, Manhattan, etc.) they seem essentially New York City. Naples in many ways reminds me of the Italian-American New York I love. “

In the review, De Niro reports Sorrentino’s words “Reality is only the starting point for a story. It has to be reinvented. Here in Naples we have a fun way to reinvent memories “.

Then the great actor who plays ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘The Hunter’ observes: “Despite the tragedy that is at the heart of the film, ‘It was the hand of God’ is overflowing with fun. Scenes like the the extended family’s outdoor dining and subsequent boat trip are so fascinating and entertaining. And while the central story sees Fabietto ripped from his precarious youth and dragged into premature adulthood, the stories one encounters along the way have no price. For example, there is Armà, the cigarette smuggler / violent hooligan / sympathetic friend and finally imprisoned; extravagant, yes, but completely credible to me because of my experiences in New York as a child. And there is Capuano (the real Antonio Capuano, famous Neapolitan director, became mentor of the young Sorrentino) “.

“In a wonderful scene towards the end of ‘It was the hand of God’ – he continues – Fabietto begs Capuano to give him a direction. Capuano questions him and at the same time scolds him, their voices rise, almost musically. scene of a great opera performance. Fabietto tells him: “I don’t like reality anymore. Reality is poor. That’s why I want to make films.” He wants to go to Rome to make it into the cinema. Capuano yells at him: ” You know how many stories there are in this city … Look! … Is it possible that this city doesn’t inspire you at all? … Do you have a story to tell? Find the courage to tell it! … Spit it out! ‘ Fabietto still goes to Rome at the end of the film .. And now – 35 years later – Sorrentino is back in Naples thanks to ‘It was the Hand of God’. Okay. Thank you very much, Paolo! “