I don't know what you're talking about.’ So he would dispute that concept, but what's interesting is everyone else says, ‘No, he was someone else.’ Something happened, something changed.”. 6:05pm on Wednesday 25th November 2020 By Paul Macdonald. Diego Maradona, the third in his trilogy of character studies, is a documentary born out of a treasure trove of fly-on-the-wall footage, adroitly edited to focus on the Argentine’s stint in 1980s Naples; a maligned, impoverished, but passionate city that provides the analogous backdrop for the enigmatic number ten. So, why him? Kapadia was invited to Maradona’s home for his first meeting with the man himself. It would have been a happy ending if they'd just died coming back from Mexico.’ People feel like everything that comes afterwards was a let-down, so we had to come up with a future-proof ending. In his latest documentary, director Asif Kapadia unearths the complex and sympathetic man behind the enigmatic Argentine football legend. “Like Senna, he is a Latin American hero of the people. That’s what this film sets out to reveal and confront.”. He gets into an argument. Sport biopics are not new to Kapadia, nor are talented but flawed and tragic subjects. “One of the things I find frustrating about drama is that the process can somehow kill spontaneity,” he says. Is the film industry turning on to artificial intelligence? For whatever reason it got to the point with both that even when things were going well, they would push away the people who cared for them. A contract was drawn up and it was agreed that Kapadia could have an unprecedented ten hours of interview time with Maradona. In the end we did four or five of these interviews and I got ten hours with him. By Adrian Pennington2019-06-05T08:39:00+01:00. Asif Kapadia’s new film tells the bittersweet story of a deeply flawed genius who captured the hearts of a nation. A mercurial talent whose genius knew no bounds. INTERVIEW Asif Kapadia's Saint And Senna Asif Kapadia, director of the documentary "Senna" . Sometimes I wish after they'd won the World Cup, when they were flying back on the plane, I wish it’d just crashed. Like Amy, I don’t think he’s ever been able to feel comfortable in his own skin. Omar P.L. “Your parents? Interview: Filmmaker Asif Kapadia talks about “AMY” Posted by Ulkar Alakbarova in Interviews // 0 Comments. He's fighting with the owner. Diego Maradona is the final part of filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s trilogy about genius and destruction, following on from Senna and the Oscar-winning Amy.But unlike those subjects, Maradona is alive and as volatile as ever. Academy award and four time BAFTA award winning Director / Writer / Producer Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films exploring characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving landscapes. But he chose Maradona; alive and as volatile as ever. But he’d forgive you for thinking his career started with 2010’s Senna. “I was at a show on print making and pop art at the Hayward Gallery last year and it popped into my head that essentially what we are doing is like [Andy] Warhol: taking footage and making something else with it,” he says. They think they know him, but they do not. It’s very organic and evolved. Film spotlight: Director Asif Kapadia on what it was like to interview Maradona. And the film is better for it. Asif Kapadia managed to weave many dichotomies, which draw attention to Maradona's celebrated and controversial life. Some die unexpectedly, tragically, suspending their legend in amber – Senna, Winehouse, and a whole cohort of musicians in ‘The 27 club’: Hendrix, Cobain, Morrison – Kapadia did not want for potential protagonists if he wished to continue the posthumous theme. BT Sport, Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Behind the scenes, Rabona Magazine, Rich MacIver. I wanted to treat [the subject matter] like a movie and find a way to present it so the audience could form their own idea.”. I got the sense that a whole other film could have been made around these interviews, exemplified by the protracted limbo of an introductory meeting in Dubai, where Maradona was coaching Fujairah FC at the time. Penning … Tabloid journalism has turned the Argentine into both genius and pariah, but Kapadia unearths a more complex, sympathetic but still enigmatic character. His early award-winning films include The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival, and The Warrior (2001), winning the BAFTA Award for Best British Film 2003.. Kapadia directed the documentary film Senna (2010), based on … The British director started out making fiction features, including the critically acclaimed The Warrior (2001), before moving to biographical documentaries. The audience is not aware of where we are until the fleet of stampeding Fiat’s arrive in the bowels of an ancient stadium. He'd never really deal with what happened behind him. It's safe to say it remains the fiercest in Italy. Asif Kapadia, who was responsible for directing a documentary film on Diego Maradona, has now paid tribute to the late footballer. Asif Kapadia succeeds in painting a pretty well-rounded picture of Diego Maradona in the documentary, without falling prey to the folly of looking at the man purely in terms of his career in football. “I got hold of Maradona’s local translator and I said, ‘I'm not hanging around anymore. Asif Kapadia (born 1972) is a British filmmaker. We managed to take all these materials, we did the looking and we showed his amazing life in a way that hadn’t been done before.”. Kapadia was losing patience. But unlike those subjects, Maradona is alive and as volatile as ever. “I wanted to test myself with somebody who is still around and to tell a different type of story”. “There was something about me being older and realising the fact I can meet him. Kapadia tells Rabona’s Richard Lee-Graham about the challenges of making Maradona, the rationale behind choosing 1980s Naples as the film’s backdrop, and a tortured soul still grappling with his legendary status. This was one of Kapadia’s biggest challenges for the documentary, where the climax had not been prewritten by untimely deaths. It was clear.” And of the Hand of God? They're like, ‘Oh, he's not feeling great today. Bastian Schweinsteiger has enjoyed some of the finest displays of his career since reinventing himself as a deep-lying midfielder. Other megastars cannot let go, stagnating in mediocracy or chasing the chimera of new glories. But, as a new documentary by Asif Kapadia shows, Maradona’s time at Napoli was also the beginning of the end. There's this footage that exists.’”, ‘This footage’ turned out to be over 500 hours’ worth of behind-the-scenes videotape following Maradona from Boca, to Barca, to Napoli, and beyond. In fact, his first memory of television was the ’78 World Cup Final hosted in Argentina and a snowstorm of tickertape. Kaleidoscope of picture and soundThat sentiment goes double for Diego Maradona who has been the subject of countless video articles, highlights reels and documentaries including a feature by Emir Kusturica which The Guardian dubbed a “fawning biopic”. I play football, I watch football. Their insights ensure that the annual convention is always relevant, comprehensive and timely. If he doesn't want to meet, that's fine. Amy and Maradonna filmmaker Asif Kapadia has said he believes “all documentaries are fake”.. What started as a bit of fun for the amateur team from East London has become a social media hurricane, and with New Balance on board, things are moving quickly for Baiteze. He went on to study film at 3 different higher education institutions. In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final days as Manchester United coach, he recommended that the club keep faith in one of their academy kids. I read it and I felt, ‘Wow, what a story. Asif Kapadia – The Warrior US trailer, Far North Trailer & commercials POV interview on The Sheep Thief POV interview by Richard Raskin Asif Kapadia on The Sheep Thief Choice Brits Directors Notes Far North Journey to a filmmaker Q&A with Senna's Manish Pandey and Asif Kapadia making Far North BAFTA Interview with Asif Kapadia … Director Asif Kapadia has gained a huge recognition with two others archive-driven stories – Senna (2010) and Amy (2015). While some go the supermarket and others worship, Baiteze Squad’s religion is football. Senna won him a BAFTA award in 2010, and in 2015 he won an Oscar for Amy. The virtual edition of the Rory Peck Awards, which recognise the work of freelance journalists around the world, were dominated by two brilliant films about the impact of Coronavirus. George Jarrett spoke with the winners. Amy, Aryton… there’s nothing formulaic about their lives. “Making one was the gold standard, everything I’d aimed for, but I just wasn’t being engaged any more. I look at footage, read books, throw the net as wide as I can to find out everything about a character. Show caption 1 / 1. Kapadia explained: “It was after the '94 World Cup [when a disgraced Maradona was booted out the tournament for failing a drugs test], summer '96, '97, I was at film school and I read a book about Maradona called Hand of God by Jimmy Burns. Even better, the material to tell their story was already out there. Diego Maradona is arguably the most gifted footballer the world has ever laid eyes on. Kapadia is mostly known for his two critically acclaimed feature length documentary films, Senna and Amy. It's the cliché Maradona meeting. “The reason to make this film was that we didn't know the ending. Asif Kapadia knows you’ve only seen two of his films. “They forget how incredible he was. Even when I was making the film, I was trying, and I got him to talk about stuff he's never talked about, but watching the film may entail dealing with his past, which he doesn't do.”. Listen to the Podcast. Your dad? I mentioned that despite me being too young to have felt chagrin at Maradona’s hand, I’d always seen him as England’s pantomime villain, and Kapadia switched into interviewer mode: “Where did that feeling come from then?” he asked. Tabloid journalism has turned the Argentine into both genius and pariah, but Kapadia unearths a more complex, sympathetic but still enigmatic character. Welcome to www.ibc.org. “That idea came out of the editing,” Kapadia said. Your mum?” Probably the media, I said. Wouldn't it be great one day to make a film about him’. Asif Kapadia - Asif Kapadia (born 1972) is a British filmmaker. Asif Kapadia is a man who has been busy building his own legend for documentaries that focus on, well, legends. “It was kind of scary. But he was sanguine, undeterred. Of the switch from drama to documentary, Kapadia explains that he went through “a mid-life, existential crisis” between ten and 15 years ago when he realised he’d fallen out of love with fiction and with the process of making it. These icons are made from the same stuff as you and me, yet they have the potential to exist indefinitely, as soundbites, grainy videos, gifs – highlights that become part of the world’s collective memory: Ali’s rope-a-dope; Jordan’s trademark dunk; Pele in those Viagra ads. The only price Diego had to pay was to disappear forever. I don't want to be known for doing sports docs.’ I went way, I did Amy, I did this show Mindhunter, I made a few other movies.”, But Kapadia couldn’t turn down the opportunity once it rose again - the pull of Maradona was too great. At one point in the new film about his life, Diego Maradona says: “I played football because I didn’t want to return to Villa Fiorito.”. Diego Maradona is the final part of filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s trilogy about genius and destruction, following on from Senna and the Oscar-winning Amy. We sent Richard Lee-Graham to watch the biopic, which is at cinemas from June 14. This site uses cookies. Asif Kapadia is a OSCAR, GRAMMY and BAFTA award winning director. Asif Kapadia Amy’s mother Janis, who Mitch left when Amy was nine, “is as upset as I am”, he claimed. With Lauren Laverne. In contrast to director Paul Greengrass, who has taken his background in documentaries into gritty dramas ripped from the headlines (United 93; 22 July), Kapadia made the switch from fiction to documentary “intentionally to subvert the genre” by treating real-life stories like a drama. Asif Kapadia is a man fast becoming known for powerful documentaries, though to say that with only two under his belt is testament to his talent. It's just me, sound recording, and one other person. Photo: Alex Lake. Then he becomes a much more charming guy. What was different, in terms of gathering archive footage, in this film? Amy, on the hand, became a musical. He has also returned to fiction, directing Ali and Nino, an adaptation of a classic romantic novel set in Azerbaijan, and two episodes of Netflix serial killer series Mindhunter for showrunner David Fincher. It felt like you were telling the same story again and again. Everything that comes afterwards is the legend. Kapadia wasn’t ready when first approached: “I actually said ‘No, because I've just done a film about a Brazilian sporting hero. Tomorrow.’, “So tomorrow comes and he doesn't turn up again, and we ask, ‘What time is he going to get here?’ And they go, ‘No, no, no. To mark the football icon's death, we republish that interview below. Next, he went to the Arctic tundra to shoot Far North, a psychological drama starring Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh. Show more. 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All roads lead to Naples, 1984. “Maradona’s isn’t a story of twists and turns. His films have been box office successes around the world as well as being critically … “It’s very, very emotional for them,” Kapadia told Rabona, having recently returned from publicising the documentary in South America. I made Senna and Amy, and I never met them. 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We call his people. He says: “My family background is in India and Bollywood films use songs to tell narrative. By Julia Felsentha l. July 7, 2015. News Film spotlight: What it was like to interview Diego Maradona . Two obvious questions had to be answered: How do you represent the life of such a mercurial legend in just two hours; and how can you elicit sympathy for a man who burned almost every bridge he ever crossed? He was born in Hackney, London. This interview with Asif Kapadia took place in October 2019 after the release of his documentary Diego Maradona and first appeared in issue two of Champions Journal. It tries to … Since then, the Derby della Capitale has been punctuated by violence and riots. The reflections that Kapadia manages to coax out gives the film a melancholic undertone; but Maradona’s charm is also undeniably prominent, and though we’re not shown his talking head, there are moments you can imagine him smile, or gesticulate, or raise his eyebrows, like when he recalls with a rasping chuckle, “There were many, many beautiful women”. He wouldn't train. You’ve got to have interest in humanising them but without passing your own judgement. The walls of the room were painted black, as though we were inside a camera. Skip to next photo. Menu. Six leading international bodies own IBC, representing both exhibitors and visitors. I met Kapadia to talk about Diego Maradona, released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11 and only recently available to Argentine audiences, who have been rendered weeping shells by the film. These are characters who lived their lives in ways that just couldn’t be made up.”. Through On the Corner Films, the production company he runs with producer James Gay-Rees, he exec produced another football doc about troubled Brazilian striker Ronaldo; a retrospective look back at Oasis (Supersonic) and last year’s hard hitting three part examination of police inaction following the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. “Amy had a rise and fall as she was suffering.” He gestured a graph, up and down. Maradona was not selected in ’78, and was sent off in a disappointing ’82 tournament. Kapadia tells Rabona’s Richard Lee-Graham about the challenges of making Maradona, the rationale behind … Read our policy. It is with their support that IBC remains the leading international forum for everyone involved in content creation, management and delivery. In this room a lot of it.” We were seated in the modern interior of a London office block, overlooking the city. I'd just like to say hello, because I came here to meet him.". His previous documentary features, Senna, about Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna, and Amy, about the late singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, share similarities with Kapadia’s treatment of the 60-year old ex-footballer. IBC is run by the industry, for the industry. “Maradona’s paradigm is basically a series of circles, repeating, repeating,” his index finger swirls in the air, like a conductor. Asif Kapadia, Director: The Warrior. Tomorrow. It’s a cliché, but there must be something to it: he won that tournament singlehandedly. Anyone could have seen the footage. But the challenge of dealing with Diego Maradona was part of the excitement, because I don't think there's many more difficult people.”. Some icons look to preserve their legacy, painstaking over every public appearance or receding into mysterious obscurity while their filament still burns brightest. I don't want to be the successor nor the second Pele." But when his hopes of building a single football team in Rome to take on the supremacy of the teams in northern Italy were scuppered by Lazio, who refused to join forces with three other local teams to form AS Roma in 1927, a rivalry was born. A bio-doc of boxer Mike Tyson is rumoured and would make an obviously juicy next target for Kapadia’s attention. Asif Kapadia sits down with Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett to recount Diego Maradona’s soccer career, how the documentary came together and what it was like touching Maradona’s foot. “Like Senna, he is a Latin American hero of the people. “Diego left home very early,” adds Kapadia. He said, ‘No, there's just me. Asif Kapadia, film director, chooses the eight tracks, book and luxury he would want to take to a desert island. Moore /PopcornReel.com FOLLOW TWEET Fri day, August 26, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO BORN AND RAISED in Hackney, North London, Asif Kapadia, 39, is a supporter of Liverpool Football … Clearly Amy is not here to talk to, but we do have her songs and her lyrics which are very personal and in the film, they become her voice to help us understand what was going on in her head.”. It’s linked to their addiction, but it’s also linked to being a child star.”. This is where the story begins to take shape, and where problems can be solved. BBC DG Tim Davie: “We’re not trying to beat Netflix”, IBC Workflow Tours: Content creation and post-production, Disney, Universal and Technicolor join Microsoft’s IBC SHOWCASE lineup, Firstlight Media to get personal at IBC SHOWCASE. “I really wanted him to watch it,” said Kapadia, with a modicum of regret. Some of the most affective moments are when the Argentine legend’s coarse, wistful voiceover attends his young onscreen avatar, whether he’s on the pitch or partying with the mafia. “A whole bunch of us go to Dubai – everyone wants to meet him,” Kapadia said. This did the trick. His early award-winning films include The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival “He’s been searching for a home ever since. True fictionKapadia says his interest in film had always been in the cinema of Japan and Asia, France and Italy but that his own attempts at ‘world cinema’, like The Warrior, had been tough. Everyone’s Sunday ritual is different. I have a family, I have a life. When you`re famous everyone wants a piece of you: and no one cares much if you are half dead or very much alive. But that wasn’t until years later. Then Maradona’s people get in touch saying, ‘Aren't you going to interview him?’ I'm like, ‘Only if he wants to talk.’ They were like, ‘No, no, he wants to talk. But then suddenly the door shut.” Kapadia has not had contact with Maradona since their final interview. Asif Kapadia: ”With documentary, I can be investigative and journalistic.”, “Without making a film in the English language and without a major star you just cannot get incredible stories with big characters financed,” he says. It might seem that, since Mexico ’86, Maradona has been on a mission to sabotage his legacy. Kapadia has done more than alchemise empathy, he has added weight to the legend’s canon, producing the quintessential artefact of Maradona at his peak, reviving his greatness so it can be experienced anew; an unforgettable footballer who can be reappraised for what he was, not what he is. His … Legendary status secured. Asif Kapadia, the director of the documentary ’Diego Maradona,’ takes us inside the film, which debuts on HBO on Oct. 1. That's really what he became, the myth, the legendary Diego Maradona. His graduation short from the Royal College of Art, Sheep Thief, was shot on 16mm using a non-professional cast in Rajasthan. Maradona’s life may continue to go around in circles, with innumerable fresh starts, perhaps still searching for the peace that Diego so desired; but a film is linear, and must end. Diego Maradona has left us at the age of 60. The artistry of Kapadia’s documentaries happens in the laboratory of the editing suite and the trial and error of test screenings. Completing the third part of an unexpected trilogy delving into the darker side of fame, Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona premiered last night on the Croisette, even if its subject, in ill healt… Just the fact of where I had to travel - Barcelona, Dubai, Argentina and Italy - in order to catch up with him shows that he never stays in one place for long. Maradona, for all his faults - including a drug compromised relationship with the Camorra - is fighting demons not always of his own making. Senna, Amy and Diego Maradona director, Asif Kapadia, was awarded the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award this month. I felt that most movies I saw were just pretending to tell incredible stories.”. Asif Kapadia On Finding A Thrilling New Style Of Documentary Filmmaking With Senna, Amy, And Now, Diego Maradona The Oscar-winning filmmaker on why Diego Maradona is like a gangster film, and creating a cinematic experience combining archival footage and audio interviews October 9, 2019 11 … 0 comment. 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