Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

The unbearable success of Diego Armando Maradona

Just start the movie, Pele augurs that maybe
Do not be psychologically prepared for the success that awaits you. The director of the film, the Londoner Asif Kapadia, highlights the accurate intervention of the Brazilian, but adds: "Actually, I do not know if it is not even possible that a man so young and with those origins can live what he lived Maradona without ceasing to be normal. Rather, I think that would require be God" And, of course, Diego Armando Maradona was not and is not at all divine in this sense, but one hundred percent human.


That is what the biographical film about the Argentine star comes to the cinemas on Thursday after its presentation at the last Festival of Cannes. The film focuses on the footballer's passage through Naples, from his first and glorious years (second half of the 80s) until he suddenly went from "God" to "Lucifer" for all Italy when, as a player of the Argentine national team , scored the winning goal of his country against the national team azzurra in the semifinal of 1990 World, celebrated precisely -black mistake- in Naples.

Before all that, the story stops at the stage of Maradona in the Barça. But only for about five minutes: just enough for a tight summary with his bitter memory of those years. "I arrived in Naples after a bad season in Barcelona. There I was without money. First I was not playing for the disease (a hepatitis) and then for an ankle fracture, "he laments.

The director had to sacrifice much of the "amazing material" from the time of "Pelusa" at Barça, but the DVD of the documentary will include it

Kapadia says that it was not easy to do without the "amazing and abundant material" that was available on the stage azulgrana crack, inherited from then er er his agent, Jorge Horacio Cyterszpiler. In a first version, that period occupied 45 minutes of the documentary. "But when I started to put the film in earnest, everything led me to focus on Naples because there was the drama and the great history of Maradona ", explains the filmmaker to La Vanguardia. And he announces that a large part of the footage of those years (1982-84) that he had to sacrifice can be seen in the DVD edition that will be released at the end of the year.

Diego Maradona in Asif Kapadia's documentary

Diego Maradona in Asif Kapadia's documentary

Diego Maradona
, as the documentary is titled, includes testimonies of the athlete's ex-wife, Claudia Villafañe; of his sister María Rosa; from the mother of her son Diego Junior, the Neapolitan Cristina Sinagra; as well as some sports journalists and key preparers in his career. One of them, Fernando Signorino, says: "Diego has nothing to do with Maradona. I told him that with the first one I would go to the end of the world and with the second I would not take a step. He replied that without Maradona Diego would not have left Villa Fiorito (his very poor native neighborhood). The bad thing is Maradona drags Diego on all sides".

Diego has nothing to do with Maradona. With the first I would go to the end of the world and with the second would not take a step "

Kapadia subscribes to what Signorino says. And he adds that without ignoring "the bad things he did because of his cocaine addiction", Both the" charming guy and great storyteller "he met when making the film as the young man who" practiced and persevered tirelessly "in football to shine like no other in this sport seem to him"good person"

The documentary also contains statements by Maradona, but only in voice. That's because, first, the former player broke the contract to record three interviews of three hours each in front of the camera. Later, when a second opportunity was proposed to amend that breach, the director himself chose to record the conversation only with a microphone. Partly because, "while in front of a camera any character starts to act, in front of a simple recorder all are more natural," says Kapadia.

In addition, Kapadia had obtained great results in his two previous documentaries, the one of Ayrton senna and the one Amy Winehouse, without interviewing any of them because they had both died when he made the movies. The one of the singer earned her the Oscar to the best documentary in 2016

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