Diego Maradona

Directed by Asif Kapadia
125 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) tackles the controversial and divisive soccer megastar Diego Maradona in this outstanding Cannes-selected documentary.
Kapadia's film begins with Maradona's move to Italy in 1984. After being shunned by Europe's star teams, the charismatic Argentine had been signed by down-at-heel SSC Napoli. The southern city, impoverished and in the vice-like grip of the Camorra, was fighting relegation. Maradona led them to their first-ever title; it was the stuff of dreams, and the stocky captain became the people's hero in a town wildly fanatical about soccer and their city. His image was everywhere, even pictured in the arms of God. But there was a price to pay for this rampant adulation, and the fast-living Maradona's fall from grace was brutal. Not just a film about a soccer hero, or even the game itself, Kapadia's accomplished documentary (expertly assembled from found footage) reveals both halves of this magnetic figure: Diego, the talented boy from a Buenos Aires slum; and Maradona, the epic hero brought low by his own hubris and folly.
Asif Kapadia's doc has the football and the drugs – think 'Scarface' with screamers – but it's a surprisingly emotional ride too.
Philip De Semlyen, Time Out
Asif Kapadia...captures all the euphoria and catastrophe in a gripping documentary about the ‘hand of God’ megastar.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Early on, a Naples local regards Maradona’s unassailable stature by saying that “you can’t criticize god.” By its end, the documentary has shown what it takes for a deity to come crashing down to Earth.
Eric Kohn, IndieWire


Wed 12 June
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Late Announce, Festival Hits
Unclassified 15+
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Asif Kapadia
James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin
Chris King
Documentary, Crime, Sport, Biography, Cannes Selected, Latin America, Cinephile
Company Credits
Distributor: Roadshow Films
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