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Diego Maradona by Asif Kapadia shows us a new side of world famous football player Diego Maradona. Based on over 500 hours of archive material, the film paints a unique portrait of a man many consider to be a football god.
On July 5, 1984, 23-year-old Diego Maradona arrived at SSC Napoli. At that time the club had never won a major tournament and were craving success. The charismatic Argentinian inspired his team and led Napoli to their first-ever league title. This turned him into a god in the eyes of many.
The documentary tells a compelling story about the rise and fall of a great talent. Where the film breaks new ground even for Maradona devotees and hard-core fans of Italian and Argentine football is in highlighting the consequences of love, the Catch-22 of fame and the cannibalism it wreaks on the self. Maradonas story is ultimately a tragedy.
Asif Kapadia made a big impression with his documentary SENNA, about the life of Brazilian Formula 1 icon Ayrton Senna. In 2016 he won an Oscar for AMY, a film about the singer Amy Winehouse who died in 2011. For this latest documentary he got Diego Maradonas blessing during production. Unfortunately mr. Maradona withdrew his support before the world premier at the Cannes Film Festival 2019.