“Talking about my own film, the first I’ve directed, is something new to me. With the Grace of a God is the story of a man who “like Achilles, carries war”, incapable of expressing his own feelings and forced to confront the darkness he holds inside, as we all do. Yet it is also a film about time, a ghost story about men and women hounded by a past that combines romanticism and sorrow.” [Alessandro Roia]
Alessandro Roia completed his film studies at the CSC – Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2004. In 2008, he co-starred in the TV series Romanzo criminale – la serie, in the role of Dandi. The next year he bowed on the big screen in Feisbum – Il film, inspired by the social network Facebook. In 2011 he played Bruno in the film The Heir by Michael Zampino. One year later, he doubled up with two film roles, the first in Ferzan Özpetek’s Magnifica presenza, the second a starring role in Carlo Virzì’s I più grandi di tutti. Roia’s next film turn was in Diaz – Don't Clean Up This Blood by Daniele Vicari, while, on the small screen, he appeared in the Rai TV series L'olimpiade nascosta by Alfredo Peyretti and played the Torino soccer player Luigi Meroni in La farfalla granata. Roia co-starred in the Manetti Bros.’ Song'e Napule, alongside Giampaolo Morelli, and was nominated for Best Actor at both the Silver Ribbons and the Globo d’oro. With the Grace of a God marks Roia’s directorial debut.