The news was in the air from the first at the Venice Film Festival and, now, it is finally confirmed: Sara It was the hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino to represent Italy at the 2022 Oscars. The film, which will be available on Netflix from December 15 after a visit to selected cinemas on November 24, was chosen by the Selection Commission set up by ANICA on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and composed by Alberto Barbera, Nicola Borrelli, Francesca Calvelli, Edoardo De Angelis, Piera Detassis, Andrea Goretti, Benedetto Habib, Federica Lucisano, Paolo Mereghetti, Lucia Milazzotto and Anna Praderio.
It was Di’s handor, who won the Silver Lion in Venice and who will fight to get to the five and contend for the title of best international film, what used to be called best foreign film, got the better of 17 fearsome nominees, such as Three floors by Nanni Moretti, Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti, Here I laugh by Mario Martone e Ariaferma by Leonardo Di Costanzo. It’s been eight years since Italy last won the Oscar for a film thanks to Sorrentino – the movie was The great beauty -, and the hope of making a double with a film as intimate and personal as It was the hand of God it is very strong.
The film, leaner and more essential than Sorrentino’s classic filmography, who decided to act by subtraction to tell his story, revolves around the character of Fabietto, alter-ego of the director, to his adolescence in Naples in the eighties and to the mix of loves, unexpected joys, pain and tragedies that will lead him to fall in love with cinema, tracing his path for the future. A tale of destiny and family, of love and loss, which could melt the hearts of the Academy’s selection committee that on 21 December it will announce the shortlist with the 15 best international films selected for the Oscar. The final five will, however, be made public on February 8, while to find out the winner we will have to wait for the delivery ceremony, scheduled in Los Angeles on March 27.