Netflix Sparks Ire in Italy For Holding Back Copies of Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Hand of God’ Theatrical Release

Netflix Sparks Ire in Italy For Holding Back Copies of Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Hand of God’ Theatrical Release
The Italian theatrical release of Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God” is sparking protests from some of the country’s exhibitors who claim the hand of Netflix is cutting them out of the hot title’s big screen bonanza.

Hand of God,” a Netflix original film produced by Fremantle’s The Apartment, went out on 250 screens in Italy on Wednesday via local distributor Lucky Red, marking the pic’s first theatrical outing, roughly three weeks before its Dec. 15 streaming debut.

The release of Sorrentino’s hotly anticipated film marks the widest theatrical outing in Italy for a Netflix film to date, and also the longest window between a Netflix title’s theatrical and streaming launches.

Yet the streamer, and by extension Lucky Red, have come under fire from some Italian arthouse theater owners who claim they had agreements in place with the distributor to show “Hand of God,” and
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