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Diego Maradona POSTPONED CORONAVIRUS

21 April: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

£4 – £6
2019 – Certificate 12

– Diego Maradona –

Cinephile

On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee and for seven years all hell broke loose. The world’s most celebrated football genius and the most dysfunctional city in Europe were a perfect match for each other.

Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it; the charismatic Argentine, quickly led Naples to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price… Diego could do as he pleased whilst performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became a prisoner of the city.

The third film from the British – Asian Asif Kapadia’s Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive with the full support of the man himself.

It centres on Maradona’s seven years at SSC Napoli, during which he turned around the fortunes of the ailing Italian side, ascended to local demigodhood, then crashed back to Earth in a blur of scandals, entailing an illegitimate son, drug abuse and ties to the Neapolitan mob. Yet it slyly encompasses his whole life story, and weaves its way through complex themes like religion, class and identity with supreme agility and verve.

Running Time 127 mins

Ratings Info 4 Star Cert12

Director(s) Asif Kapadia

Cast includes Diego Maradona

Nominations & Awards 12 nominations including Cannes 2019 (Documentary) and British Independent Film Awards 2019 (Best Director, Documentary, Editing, Music and Sound)

Telegraph

Asif Kapadia compels you to care, whether you like football or not

Diego Maradona is about both halves of its astonishing title character: Diego, the Argentine slumdog turned footballing megastar, and Maradona, the epic hero brought low by folly and hubris.

Kapadia deftly and vividly establishes that Maradona’s sense of belonging at Naples was rooted in the city’s own underdog status. A shanty-town boy running rings around wealthier rivals from the north felt like poetic justice to supporters who had been derided in chants as dirty and diseased, and deserving of a lava bath from nearby Mount Vesuvius.

“Diego Maradona” sees sport as a cultural microcosm, so whether or not you already care about its subject, or football in general, is beside the point. Kapadia compels you to care. This is filmmaking with the hand of God upon it.

Empire

How a poor Argentinian boy became Diego Maradona — one of the greatest and most controversial footballers of the 1980s. It’s a saga with it all: women, drugs, fame and despair.

The picture Kapadia paints is pin-sharp: the unimaginable strain of a very unreal life on a very normal man. It’s clear how his fall from grace, when it came, could never have been anything but brutal. And while the genius on the grass is clear, what is less clear is what happens off the pitch.

The result is impressive filmmaking, with the usual precision and intelligence of editing. But you never truly get to who Maradona is. He comes into focus and recedes again, leaving you with a full picture of the myth, if not the man.

Roger Ebert

……… the man who trained soccer superstar Diego, Armando Maradona, tells us that there were two different men inside this now-legendary player.

 

Those divided selves are the real focus of this film (and)..became more and more splintered. 

One of the critical turning points for Maradona was in the World Cup, when he was playing for the country of his birth, against the country of the team that bought him. There is one kick that will prove to the crowd which side he is really on. It is not in him to do anything but give his best to win.

 

Kapadia’s film shows us that for better or worse, Maradona’s loyalty was always to the game, and that, as much as his skill on the field, deserved more loyalty from the fans.

Telegraph

Asif Kapadia compels you to care, whether you like football or not

“Diego Maradona” is about both halves of its astonishing title character: Diego, the Argentine slumdog turned footballing megastar, and Maradona, the epic hero brought low by folly and hubris.

Kapadia deftly and vividly establishes that Maradona’s sense of belonging at Naples was rooted in the city’s own underdog status. A shanty-town boy running rings around wealthier rivals from the north felt like poetic justice to supporters who had been derided in chants as dirty and diseased, and deserving of a lava bath from nearby Mount Vesuvius.

“Diego Maradona” sees sport as a cultural microcosm, so whether or not you already care about its subject, or football in general, is beside the point. Kapadia compels you to care. This is filmmaking with the hand of God upon it.

Guardian

Asif Kapadia, director of Amy and Senna, captures all the euphoria and catastrophe in a gripping documentary about the ‘hand of God’ megastar. ‘A bit of cheating and a lot of genius.”

The public and private faces of the Argentinian striker are sharply contrasted in a revealing documentary.   We are shown the thin line between adoration and abjection that anyone who lives their life in public must walk.

 

With bravissimo dramatic flair, Kapadia manages to bring the entire weight of his narrative to focus upon a pivotal penalty kick – the point at which all the warring elements of this powerful film intersect.

…. archive footage is the key…. (many previously unseen) …. Sound design is crucial too, with City of God composer Antonio Pinto’s evocative score jostling with an assortment of kicks, slaps and punches that accompany the unfolding action, keeping things urgent without ever losing track of the story’s human pulse.

 

 

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    Date:
    21 April
    Time:
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Cost:
    £4 – £6
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    Venue

    Ravensthorpe Village Hall
    Northampton, United Kingdom

    Organiser

    Ravensthorpe Village Cinema
    Phone:
    01604328822
    Email:
    cinema@rvhall.online
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