Academy Award and four-time BAFTA Award winning director/writer/producer Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) will be travelling to Dublin next Tuesday 11th June to attend a special preview of his latest documentary Diego Maradona ahead of the film’s Irish cinema release on Friday 14th June. The special screening which will be hosted by the The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, ... More (IFI) will feature a post-screening Q&A where Katie director Ross Whitaker is one of Ireland's most respected documentary filmmakers. His work includes Katie, Between Land & Sea and Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story. will chat with Kapadia about the film and the football legend Maradona.
In Diego Maradona, Kapadia, known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes, focuses on the much-loved yet controversial footballer during his time at SSC Napoli, where he arrived in 1984 for a world-record fee. The world’s most celebrated football icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it, as the charismatic Argentine quickly led Naples to their first-ever title. Diego Maradona is the wild and unforgettable story of raw talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and ultimately redemption.
Kapadia is best known for his hugely successful feature documentaries Senna and Amy.Senna was the international box office hit and BAFTA-winning feature which told the thrilling story of the Brazilian motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna. His follow-up Amy which world premiered in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, told the story of music legend Amy Winehouse in her own words. AMY is the highest grossing UK documentary of all time that won the Academy Award for Feature Documentary and the BAFTA for Best Documentary.
Diego Maradona will be released in cinemas across Ireland on Friday 14th June.
The Irish Film Institute will be hosting the special public screening with Q&A with Asif Kapadia on Tuesday 11th June at 8.10pm. Tickets can be purchased through the IFI website.