Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo and Marlon Joubert in The Hand of God. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

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The Hand of God premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize and earned breakthrough actor Filippo Scotti the Marcello Mastroianni Award. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

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