Documentary on Argentinian soccer star, perhaps the GOAT, opens in theaters September 20, debuts on HBO October 1
Asif Kapadia's highly-anticipated new documentary, about possibly the greatest soccer player ever, arrives in theaters in less than a month.
HBO released a teaser-trailer for Diego Maradona Monday promoting the director's follow-up to Amy, the film about the late Amy Winehouse that won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Diego Maradona opens in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on September 20. It premieres on HBO October 1.
Diego is from the bottom of the bottom of the bottom rung of the [socia] ladder. He is from one of the toughest, scariest places you’re going to come across.
Kapadia focuses largely on Maradona's years in Italy playing for Napoli, a club that had wallowed in the soccer cellar before Diego was transferred there from Barcelona. He brought championships to Napoli, earning god-like status in the southern Italian city, and also won a World Cup for his native Argentina. But a cocaine habit and entanglement with the underworld in Naples got him into major trouble.
"There is no one quite like him, a person who kind of got to those sort of heights and those sort of depths," the director tells Nonfictionfilm.com. "There is really nobody out there who has ever done that."
Watch the teaser-trailer here:
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.