Global sports icon and lauded soccer player Diego Maradona’s dramatic life intrigued Oscar and BAFTA winner director Asif Kapadia (“Amy,” “Senna”) while he was still in film school. “It had an incredibly strong backstory and extremes of good and dark,” he recalls.
Fast forward to more than 20 years later as his feature documentary “Diego Maradona” premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.
Drawing on more than 500 hours of rare footage from the Argentine icon’s personal archives, the documentary charts the trials and triumphs of the legendary soccer player during his years at Italian club Napoli. as the charismatic star came into his own and mixed with a streetwise crowd.
HBO has secured U.S. rights to “Diego Maradona” and plans a limited theatrical run before the film premieres on the network on September 24.
Read the interview at Variety.
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