Oscar-nominated director Paolo Sorrentino said making a film about the tragedy of losing a parent made his grief “boring” for him and helped him feel “less alone”.
the italian actor, whose film The Hand of God was nominated for best international feature film at the Oscars and for best film not in English as well as for best actor at Baftas, Review the pain of his parents’ death in the semi-autobiographical drama.
The film shows the fictional version of his parents dozing off before a fire in their vacation home when they are poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from a faulty heating system.
Sorrentino, then 16, was not with them that night because his father had bought him tickets to see Diego Maradona play for Napoli.
The director, whose previous work includes the films Youth and Great Beauty, for which he won an Oscar, and the TV series The Young Pope and The New Pope, told PA news agency: “I am very I want to make this movie by myself. life, so I’m glad I did, and that’s a good thing because this movie pushed me to face some of the problems I’ve had all my life.
“Now I can share my pain with so many people, which is what makes me less lonely.
“Before making this film, I was scared, at first I didn’t think it was a good idea, but year after year, growing up, becoming more mature, I understood that it was my only chance. To face this, it’s my only chance to help me.
“But at the same time, I was very scared. The risk with this genre of film is that the filmmaker misinterprets what’s important to him and what’s important to his audience.
“So I’ve been trying to figure out what’s interesting for both me and the potential audience, and in this sense it would be very difficult for friends and family to read the script as well as people who don’t know my bio. useful.”
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When asked if it was a catalytic experience, he replied: “More than catalytic.
“I think when you work on a movie project for a few years, you think about the project every day for many hours a day, so at the end of the process you get bored by the idea of the movie. movies and by things in movies.
“So in this sense now, my story, my pain, is something that tends to stick with me, so it’s promoted this way.
“It was a bit controversial but that’s exactly what happened.”
Sorrentino said he was pleased with the international acclaim the film was released on Netflix, as well as the recognition from Bafta and the Oscars.
“Of course I am very happy,” he said. When the community of people who work on the movies realizes your work, that’s what brings happiness, it’s very rewarding and also very surprising.
“It’s a very small movie, so I don’t think it’s possible that this movie will be interesting to a lot of people around the world, I think maybe it’s more interesting to people in my city or of Italy, where they. know about me. ”
The Hand Of God is currently streaming on Netflix.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/paolo-sorrentino-on-how-his-oscar-nominated-film-made-him-feel-less-alone-41418536.html Paolo Sorrentino on how his Oscar-nominated movie made him feel less alone