Director: Asif Kapadia
Running Time: 130 minutes
Certificate: 12A - infrequent strong language, nudity, bloody detail, drug references
WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME ACADEMY AWARD & MULTI BAFTA AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER ASIF KAPADIA TO DISCUSS THE FILM AND TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS AFTER THIS SPECIAL SCREENING.
'Half man, half god' Diego Maradona was one of football's true geniuses. Using more than 500 hours of unseen footage from Maradona’s archive, this is another gripping story of an exceptional and complex person from the Oscar and BAFTA winning documentary team.
“Diego Maradona is about both halves of its astonishing title character: Diego, the Argentine slumdog turned footballing megastar, and Maradona, the epic hero brought low by folly and hubris.”
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
“Over the course of the film, you become expert at catching the flash of panic or resentment in Maradona’s eyes. Imbibing over two hours of televisual glaze and scan lines on the cinema screen induces a kind of hysteria, especially when it is a spectacle of such unremitting passion, unremitting euphoria, unremitting catastrophe, mass hysteria on the streets of Buenos Aires and Naples – it’s like a 130-minute Match of the Day title sequence created by Sophocles.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Diego Maradona, some fans will be sorry to hear, isn't really a documentary about football itself. It is about his rise and fall, the way celebrity broke him […] As capsule explanations go, it is as good as any, the underdog undone by becoming, temporarily, top dog. This is another story of stardom, that deadly trajectory: Maradona the man, though, remains peculiarly opaque.
- David Sexton, Evening Standard
The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind SENNA and AMY and producer Paul Martin, DIEGO MARADONA is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive with the full support of the man himself.
On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee. For seven years all hell broke loose. The world’s most celebrated football icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a perfect match for each other.
On the pitch, Diego Maradona was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a God. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams.
But there was a price… Diego could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch but, as time passed, darker days closed in.
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