Film To Premiere At Cannes
Asif Kapadia, the director of Senna and Amy, has directed a documentary movie about footballer (and titled) Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest ever player.
Maradona is not only one of the most gifted footballers to ever grace the sport, but also one of the most enigmatic characters off the pitch.
The documentary will follow Maradona joining the Italian side Napoli for a world-record fee in 1984 and against all odds, leading his team to win a historic first-ever Scudetto league title.
While local fans revered him, the gifted Argentine struggled off the park with personal demons and notoriety.
His infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico caused global outrage (except for viewers in Scotland).
Although nobody could deny the sheer natural ability and brilliance of his second goal five minutes later, which ultimately sealed England’s fate.
Inspired by Maradona’s genius throughout the tournament, Argentina went on to lift the World Cup, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.
Here’s the trailer:
The documentary has been put together from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive, as well as interviews with the man himself, giving us an insight into my favourite footballer of all-time.
The film will debut at Cannes and HBO just bought the TV and streaming rights.