The 2019 Cannes Film Festival selection Diego Maradona is slated for release in UK cinemas on June 14, 2019, while HBO has acquired US rights to the documentary. It is executive produced and directed by Asif Kapadia (director of the acclaimed Senna and the Oscar-winning Amy) and crafted from more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Argentine football star’s personal archives.
The feature-length documentary charts the trials and triumphs of the legendary footballer and includes interviews Maradona when he was living in Dubai.
Kapadia said in an official release:“Diego Maradona is about an uneducated streetwise kid from a shantytown, thrust into the height of worldwide fame, earning huge amounts of money, given a Godlike status, all because of his magical left foot. I wanted to try to understand this charismatic genius, to show all sides of his personality, focussing on his time in Naples, when he became the greatest player in the world, but also where his problems began to spiral out of control. It was vital to make a film about Diego which appeals to people who love football but also those who have little interest in sport or who see Maradona as a cheat. I wanted to challenge these preconceptions and to understand this complex, brilliant character – enabling him to tell his story in his own words, revealing his struggles for success but also the devastating effects of fame and fortune.”
Diego Maradona is an HBO Sports presentation in association with On The Corner and Lorton Entertainment. HBO Sports Executive VIce President Peter Nelson and Bill Simmons serve as executive producers.