Preview: Diego Maradona
+ Q&A with director Asif Kapadia
The award-winning Asif Kapadia focuses his attentions on the footballing legend at the peak of his powers.
Dir Asif Kapadia
Courtesy of Altitude Entertainment
The man and myth of Maradona is explored in this new documentary by Academy award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy). In July 1984, Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona arrived in Naples to play for the ailing football giant SSC Napoli. The world’s most celebrated football genius and one of the most dysfunctional cities in Europe were a perfect match for each other, and for seven years all hell broke loose. Maradona became an almost god-like figure, worshipped by the Italians for elevating the Napoli team through the football ranks. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive, Asif Kapadia’s latest documentary deftly explores the complicated dynamic between talent and fame, artistry and performance, Diego the man and Maradona the icon.
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Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less) on sale to BFI Champions and Patrons Mon 13 May 11:30, to BFI Members Mon 13 May 12:30 and to the public from Fri 17 May 11:30.
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