Directed by Academy Award®-Winner Asif Kapadia
OPENS THEATRICALLY IN NEW YORK & LA ON SEPTEMBER 20
HBO BROADCAST DEBUT – OCTOBER 1 AT 9PM
“BREATHLESS AND GRIPPING. Follows Maradona from his bumpy start in Naples through his second wave of confidence as if assembling the “Rocky” of soccer movies. That is, at least until it turns into the “Scarface” of soccer movies in its devastating final act.” -Eric Kohn, Indiewire“A bracingly candid, completely involving examination of an on-field magician who inevitably stumbled off of it.”-Kenneth Turan, LA Times“It’s impossible to conceive that the accomplished documentarian Asif Kapadia would deliver anything less than a rigorous, multifaceted and probing feature: with his latest, DIEGO MARADONA, he does not disappoint” -Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
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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.
UK / English and Spanish with English Subtitles / 130 mins