Diego Maradona

"Captures all the euphoria and catastrophe in a gripping documentary about the ‘hand of God’ megastar." ★★★★ Guardian

Showing Times

Sat 29 Jun 18:15
Sun 30 Jun 19:00
Mon 01 Jul 18:15

Director Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) turns his singular gaze on the legend of footballer Diego Maradona.  Kapadia is known for his exhaustive research, a lack of talking heads and use of rare archive footage, and there was never going to be a shortage of material on this chimera, this connundrum, of a football genius.  Born in the slums of Buenos Aires, he was the hero of the Mexican World Cup squad - that 'hand of God' moment - who brought disrepute to his time at Madrid and then found a home in the heart of Naples.  The pattern was the same one of 'death and resurrection' whereever he went: he would arrive as a saviour and eventually leave under a cloud of corruption, violence and drugs.

Kapadia describes the man he discovered in his researches:  “If you understand where he’s from, then you will look at him differently. While we were in Cannes someone said, ‘He’s come back more times than Jesus!’ But Jesus has got nothing on him: this guy dies and comes back, dies and comes back every few years. He’s amazing.”

We're delighted that editor Chris King will be joining us for a live Q&A on Tue 25 Jun after the 19:00 screening. Chris is one of the most seasoned and creative documentary editors of his generation with more than 40 films for cinema and television to his name, most notably the Academy Award nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop, and BAFTA award winning Senna and Academy Award winning Amy, both working with Asif Kapadia.


Film Information

130 mins

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