Diego Maradona

In Cinemas Now

Rebel. Hero. Hustler. God.

Oscar-winning Amy documentarian Asif Kamadia explores the life of the legendary football player in this Cannes Golden Camera-nominated documentary constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage.

"On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a record-breaking fee. For seven years all hell broke loose. The world’s most celebrated football icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. On the pitch, Diego Maradona was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a God. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to their first ever title. It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price… Diego could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch but, as time passed, darker days closed in." (Cannes Film Festival)


Directed by

Documentary, Sport


Rating: M Offensive Language & Nudity


Hollywood Reporter


This film is a solidly made summary of his golden years, full of energy and swagger. But Maradona's colourful life story is richer and stranger, deeper and darker than the greatest-hits reel captured here.

Screen International


It's impossible to conceive that the accomplished documentarian Asif Kapadia would deliver anything less than a rigorous, multifaceted and probing feature: with his latest, Diego Maradona, he does not disappoint.

The Guardian


[I]t's like a 130-minute Match of the Day title sequence created by Sophocles.

The Telegraph


This is filmmaking with the hand of God upon it.

The Times (UK)


As Signorini says: "Diego has had a life both tremendous and terrible." Kapadia's film does justice to both sides.

TimeOut (London)


Asif Kapadia's doc has the football and the drugs - think 'Scarface' with screamers - but it's a surprisingly emotional ride too.

Variety (USA)


It's a heady, engrossing, indulgently sprawling profile of a modern athlete in all his glory and contradiction, but it's also a film that leaves you with more questions than it should.

Sydney Morning Herald


Asif Kapadia has put together an extraordinarily intimate account of [Diego Maradona's] rise and fall, enriched by grainy but graphic footage recording every phase of his life.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)


With snippets from chaotic press conferences, post-match celebrations and electrifying onfield action, it's a tactic that delivers delights at every turn.