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Written and directed by filmmaker Liana Marabini, the film "A Gift From God" aims to highlight a virtually unknown aspect of the King of Pop, narrated in the film at a particular moment in his life, from 1982 to 1989, the a time when hits like Thriller, by Billie Jean, Bad and other big hits climbed the world charts...


"A Gift From God" is a captivating film that explores Michael Jackson's deep relationship with God. Beyond his iconic performances, the film offers a deep dive into the man behind the music, revealing his spiritual journey and search for a deeper connection with the divine.


Michael Jackson, a Christian, initially followed his mother's faith as a Jehovah's Witness. He was deeply passionate about the Bible, knew it by heart and shared it with the people he worked with, teaching them to pray. For the first time, all this is coming to light thanks to the careful research carried out by Liana Marabini, who managed to collect testimonies from Jackson's former colleagues on this subject. When he left the Jehovah's Witnesses due to their harsh and critical views of his art, Michael embarked on a personal spiritual journey. He explored the Torah, the Quran and Eastern philosophies in search of a new spiritual path to soothe his soul. During the Bad tour in Rome in 1987, Jackson was drawn to the beauty of the Catholic liturgy after hearing Schubert's Ave Maria in a Roman church. This experience sparked his interest in Catholicism. He was also a great admirer of John Paul II, whom he called "Beacon of light and hope for humanity" and to whom he dedicated a beautiful portrait (because Jackson was also a very good painter), of which The image, for the first time in a film, is revealed by Liana Marabini. "A Gift From God" also delves into Jackson's unrequited love for Diana Ross and his battle with vitiligo, a disease that left him causing his skin to lighten, although the press and Critics have often misunderstood this illness, which afflicted him until his death.


Young Italian-American actor Joshua Consigli was chosen from 12 candidates to play the role of Michael. "I am happy that Joshua plays Michael with sensitivity and respect - said Liana Marabini - because for me it is important to show the spiritual aspect of this very special artist, who spent a large part of his life suffering, but who gave so much beauty, harmony and joy to people; and who was unjustly accused, but happily acquitted in all matters. Unfortunately, everyone remembers the accusation, but few of the acquittal. more than being a tribute to his talent, this film will also serve to refresh people's memories and to rehabilitate his figure not only as a singer but also as a man. "A Gift From God" - continues the director - takes the audience across continents, showing Michael's interactions with different spiritual practices and his genuine respect for different religions. his love of art, culture and books, illustrating how these experiences influenced his art and his vision of life. His love for classical music is also expressed through the film's soundtrack, which is a mix of opera, Bach concertos and the innovative pop symphony of French composer Jean-Marie Benjamin, who wrote it especially for this film.


The narrative of "A Gift From God" is enriched with rare footage in which Michael expresses his thoughts on the divine, capturing his essence not only as a musical genius, but also as a spiritual seeker who has found a unique connection with God through the medium of his songs. Because Michael was not only an extraordinary artist, but also a source of spiritual inspiration to those who worked with him. Just read the professional sites and interviews with his historical collaborators (Jennifer Batten, guitarist; Michael Bush, costume designer; Karen Faye, his makeup artist for decades and others) and learn, thanks to their testimonies, how Michael prayed before each performance. , gave Bibles as gifts, and with what humility he considered his talent as a gift from God. He says: "Everything that has happened, from the largest star in the sky to the smallest atom, is written in the Bible," or: "Everything is possible if God is on our side"; and also: "I just believe in the Bible and every night I get down on my knees and thank God and ask Him to show me the way." Director Liana Marabini also explored lesser-known aspects of Jackson's life, focusing on his strong relationship with God and his desire to share. 

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