Diego Maradona is a 2019 British documentary film directed by Asif Kapadia about the Argentine footballer Diego Maradona with never before seen archival footage. It was screened out of competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
A British venture, the film was produced by On The Corner Film, in association with Film 4 with Altitude Film serving as distributor. The film was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2019.
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Armando Maradona, who played for S.S.C. Napoli in the 1980s.
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Diego Maradona documents and centres around the time Maradona switched sides from FC Barcelona to S.S.C. Napoli in 1984, eventually winning the 1988–89 UEFA Cup with the Italian team.
The concept of producing a documentary film about Maradona came after the director released the film Amy in 2015. Due to difficulty on finding a story with a beginning and an end, the director opted on Naples as being the centrepiece for the film. During the London olympics in 2012, producer Paul Martin contacted the director after discovering archival footage but after the release of Senna the idea was pushed back.
Martin and Gay-Rees met with someone outside of Naples who owned private material. The idea to document Maradona’s life began in 1981 by his first agent Jorge Cyterszpiler. This led to two Argentine cameramen recording hundreds of hours of film. However, the film never got produced. In Buenos Aires more archival footage was discovered in the home of Maradona’s ex-wife Claudia in a trunk untouched for 30 years.