Brit filmmaker Asif Kapadia is responsible for two of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent memory – Senna, his brilliant delve into the life and death of Forumla One’s Ayrton Senna, and Amy, the unflinching and incisive film about Amy Winehouse. Now he’s back with Diego Maradona – a documentary constructed from 500 hours of previously unseen footage to tell the story of the footballing icon. Watch the first trailer below.
“Diego Maradona is about an uneducated streetwise kid from a shantytown, thrust into the height of worldwide fame, earning huge amounts of money, given a Godlike status, all because of his magical left foot,” says Kapadia.
Like Senna and Amy, it seems like this one won’t require viewers to have much prior knowledge going in. “It was vital to make a film about Diego which appeals to people who love football but also those who have little interest in sport or who see Maradona as a cheat. I wanted to challenge these preconceptions and to understand this complex, brilliant character – enabling him to tell his story in his own words, revealing his struggles for success but also the devastating effects of fame and fortune.”
Kapadia has once again teamed up with producer James Gay-Rees, editor Chris King, and musician Antonio Pinto to bring this one to the big screen – and it’ll end up there on 14 June.
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