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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #53. Asif Kapadia – Maradona

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #53. Asif Kapadia – Maradona

With a bit of Hand of God luck, football fans (some people call it soccer) would rejoice if Asif Kapadia made his third trip this decade at the fest with Maradona. Closing out his trilogy, which began with Sundance hit Senna (2010), Kapadia who also moonlights as a narrative filmmaker (Ali and Nino premiered at the fest in 2016). With the tagline “rebel, hero, hustler, god”, the big question: would Maradona make a Main Street appearance? If so, I want to be at that party.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: 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. Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centers on the career of celebrated football player Diego Maradona who played for SSC Napoli in the 1980s.

Production Co./Producers: James Gay-Rees (Oasis: Supersonic), Paul Martin (Ronaldo).

Prediction: Documentary Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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