Dir. Asif Kapadia • 2019 • UK • Documentary • 130 mins • Cert 12A
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 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.
Intro + Q&A
We’re pleased to be welcoming Fiammetta Luino and Lina Caicedo, Archive Producers and Assistant Producers on the film. They’ll be introducing Diego Maradona, and providing more insight during a roundtable Q&A after the screening.
Fiammetta Luino is Italian, partially grew up in France, and now lives in London. For a long while she proclaimed that she hated football. Now, she has an encyclopaedic knowledge about one single footballer and the Italian football scene for the period of 1984 to 1991, as she ended up producing the Naples part of Asif Kapadia’s latest film Diego Maradona(2019). Some claim she was even sighted at the San Paolo stadium in Naples twice.
Although her work on Diego Maradona brought her to run after never-seen-before or forgotten footage, she also likes to pick up a camera and produce footage herself. She did some filming for Jeanie Finlay’s documentary Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth (2019) and her first ever film pays tribute to the Italian photographer Carla Cerati, tracing her journey from post-war housewife to political and committed photographer in Milan (CARLA, 2016).
She has a degree in History of Art from the University of Cambridge, which she puts at use mostly by writing critical reviews of exhibitions in her own head or by plotting to one day turn art into the most thrilling subject to have ever existed for a documentary film.
Lina is an independent producer. Most recently having worked for Oscar award-winning director, Asif Kapadia, on his latest feature film, Diego Maradona. Lina was in charge of handling all the Latin-American and Spanish archive, as well as getting access to the Argentinian voices in the film. Lina developed and nurtured a passion for documentary at Raw Television, where she worked on two Netflix documentaries: Race For The White House and The Prince of Pennsylvania. Lina has also directed two short films, I Do Not Run, a film which captures the spirit of one of the most influential urban running communities in London and A Running Occupation, part funded by One World Media, which is set in the West Bank and tells the story of three diverse Palestinian runners, pushing their physical and political limits whilst training for the 2015 Palestine Marathon.
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