It is 1986, and also the clear, calm blue sky of the scorching Mexican summertime does not do justice to what is occurring in Aztec Stadium, Mexico City. It is England vs Argentina. Tempers flaring, the British fans have only witnessed the target of the century by Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. And just as they are getting ready for a draw, Maradona cements his place in the novels of history with his legendary, Hand of God, to receive his team through the semi-finals.
However, for Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Asif Kapadia, it is not those minutes that interest him. Kapadia is regarded as among the best filmmakers in the world.
Diego, a serene, serene and sweet-spoken character, is in stark comparison to Maradona, a badly-behaved celebrity uttered by the media, everywhere he went. “I am interested in nautical personalities. Characters who do not adapt to matters. They are rebels in a manner. They are not especially loved by everybody. Amy (Winehouse) was not loved by everybody. Maradona does not possess a fantastic reputation.
So, how can you humanize a God? “By becoming really near him,” says Kapadia, including, “I needed to attempt to understand him. Only then can you know exactly what he became. A good deal of these movies are only a close-up study utilizing romantic footage. All these will be the footage where he is dismissing the camera. That is where you receive something accurate,” adds the Amy (2015) manager.
It had been in Napoli, a very devout Christian town in Italy, which matters took a turn to the legend. That is where he became God-like. Napoli to previously unimaginable heights, but it off, he was involved with drugs, partying and above all that the not-so-august firm of infamous Italian mafia — Camorra. “I wished to understand what it is like to step out of your house and be assaulted by the press. It is not a wonderful feeling. I would like you to sense something. I would like you to know them, and that means that you think twice before picking them. It’s fairly difficult to open up him and make him talk about things. Sometimes you devote a great deal of time speaking, simply to find that 10 brilliant moments,” he states.
Currently retired, the towering character frequently found himself at the news due to reports of misbehavior, medications, getting photographed together with the infamous Italian mafia — Camorra, and at 1 case, shooting journalists waiting outside his house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kapadia must spend some time together with the Argentinian legend in his house, and these were the minutes he loathed the most. “If you see him come down the staircase, you do not understand how he is likely to be. Nevertheless, it was only us talking. There was no one in the home except that of the translator. He was rather sweet. But fortunately, I invested so much time that I dismissed the terrible times. Lots of people just have the lousy afternoon interview,” he states.