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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. He says: “My family background is in India and Bollywood films use songs to tell narrative. Things go sour and he'd leave town and go to the next job. Some icons look to preserve their legacy, painstaking over every public appearance or receding into mysterious obscurity while their filament still burns brightest. Next, he went to the Arctic tundra to shoot Far North, a psychological drama starring Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh. “Really, the place that was closest to home was Naples.”. I had ten hours with Diego Maradona. Senna had a very particular direct line,” Kapadia said, his finger drawing in the air. This included ditching the customary talking heads and narrative voiceover for a more intimate approach that managed to tap into the vulnerability of his personality. “Your parents? 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. 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. “Essentially what we are doing is like Andy Warhol: taking footage and making something else with it”, “We’re taking material and zooming or panning into it, altering its colour, slowing it down, adding text and music, clipping dialogue, taking interviews from here and there to create a new interpretation which, I hope, is somehow more aesthetic, more political, deeper, emotional.”. And the biggest circle, the biggest story, was Naples. “I wanted to test myself with somebody who is still around and to tell a different type of story”. Subverting documentariesThe Londoner has spent four years, on and off, making the film although the idea came from a book he’d read long before making his first documentary. But then suddenly the door shut.” Kapadia has not had contact with Maradona since their final interview. Kapadia’s style is also to use a kaleidoscope of picture and sound manipulation. But when you`re become a troubled person using drugs, alcohol, there is no one there for you to rescue: only judgement and jokes you hear towards your persona. I guess if someone were to run a line through my work all the way from the Royal College of Art to today you might suggest they are about outsiders. 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. But he chose Maradona; alive and as volatile as ever. “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. Filmmaker Asif Kapadia’s homage to Diego Maradona. His graduation short from the Royal College of Art, Sheep Thief, was shot on 16mm using a non-professional cast in Rajasthan. Vivendi and Mediaset: the end of hostilities? So, why him? “I got hold of Maradona’s local translator and I said, ‘I'm not hanging around anymore. “Amy had a rise and fall as she was suffering.” He gestured a graph, up and down. Only after a year or two of the writing process do we start to find what looks like a story. But the challenge of dealing with Diego Maradona was part of the excitement, because I don't think there's many more difficult people.”. 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.”. 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.”. 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. It’s not clear why. Senna, Amy and Diego Maradona director, Asif Kapadia, was awarded the BBC Grierson Trustees’ Award this month. “He’s been searching for a home ever since. The artistry of Kapadia’s documentaries happens in the laboratory of the editing suite and the trial and error of test screenings. Asif … Photo: Alex Lake. It's safe to say it remains the fiercest in Italy. Kapadia wasn’t ready when first approached: “I actually said ‘No, because I've just done a film about a Brazilian sporting hero. Their insights ensure that the annual convention is always relevant, comprehensive and timely. This device is effective in untangling our preconceptions of Diego Maradona, portraying him as a naïve, fallible mortal, blessed with a singular talent and then dropped into a toxic stew of rabid paparazzi, cocaine dusted parties, mafia grooming, and deification in the eyes of the obsessive Napolitano. While Louis van Gaal likes to take credit for discovering the ‘new Schweinsteiger’, Joachim Löw gave him his first run-out there in 2007 and he has gradually made the position his own ever since. Amy, on the hand, became a musical. 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. 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.”. We’ve used Naples as the metaphor for his life.”, Asif Kapadia, left, with Rabona’s Richard Lee-Graham. “I did at one point ask him about this idea of Diego and Maradona. 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. Amy and Maradonna filmmaker Asif Kapadia has said he believes “all documentaries are fake”.. It was clear.” And of the Hand of God? 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 … Diego Maradona has left us at the age of 60. News Film spotlight: What it was like to interview Diego Maradona . Benito Mussolini was a man who usually got his own way. What I wanted the film to do - and the world has reacted in that way that I’d hoped - is to allow people to feel sympathy and empathy for some character there.”. They're like, ‘Oh, he's not feeling great today. 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.”. We’re constantly asking what we can show; how can we tell an idea. This is where the story begins to take shape, and where problems can be solved. The documentary suggests that the intensity of his battles on the pitch, and the insecurities he exhibited in a chaotic life off it, was forged in the poverty of the Buenos Aires shantytown where he grew up and the subsequent sudden shock of his superstardom. “That idea came out of the editing,” Kapadia said. 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.”. 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 … If he doesn't want to meet, that's fine. If Senna, in Kapadia’s film, was the tragedy of one man versus the commercial machine, Winehouse is portrayed as a working-class hero whose wings were burned by the media. Kapadia feels no rancour towards Maradona, or Argentina. I felt that most movies I saw were just pretending to tell incredible stories.”. Asif Kapadia is a OSCAR, GRAMMY and BAFTA award winning director. This site uses cookies. Six leading international bodies own IBC, representing both exhibitors and visitors. Asif Kapadia’s new film tells the bittersweet story of a deeply flawed genius who captured the hearts of a nation. His films have been box office successes around the world as well as being critically … In a way he's never dealt with his past. Welcome to www.ibc.org. Bastian Schweinsteiger has enjoyed some of the finest displays of his career since reinventing himself as a deep-lying midfielder. Asif Kapadia (born 1972) is a British filmmaker. IBC is run by the industry, for the industry. These are characters who lived their lives in ways that just couldn’t be made up.”. “There’s a bit of Senna and Amy in Diego,” says Kapadia, who travelled to Dubai to interview him on several occasions. “I've been talking about this film for six months non-stop. 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. This was one of Kapadia’s biggest challenges for the documentary, where the climax had not been prewritten by untimely deaths. And no wonder, perhaps, he has yet to show any appetite for watching Kapadia’s film. By Georgia Humphreys See photos images. Listen Now. But he was sanguine, undeterred. We sent Richard Lee-Graham to watch the biopic, which is at cinemas from June 14. It would eventually take Kapdia and his team over two years to sift through until they had spliced the story they wanted. All roads lead to Naples, 1984. “Maradona’s isn’t a story of twists and turns. 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 … “Making one was the gold standard, everything I’d aimed for, but I just wasn’t being engaged any more. Legendary status secured. Some of these took place before I was even born, yet the images have become so ubiquitous it can feel like I experienced the events first hand; like I was there in ’86 when Maradona leapt to punch the ball past a flailing Peter Shilton. 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. In his latest documentary, director Asif Kapadia unearths the complex and sympathetic man behind the enigmatic Argentine football legend. “There’s a bit of Senna and Amy in Diego,” says Kapadia, who travelled to Dubai to interview him on several occasions. The British director started out making fiction features, including the critically acclaimed The Warrior (2001), before moving to biographical documentaries. It's the cliché Maradona meeting. Maradona, for all his faults - including a drug compromised relationship with the Camorra - is fighting demons not always of his own making. “I’d spent all my life watching and working on drama,” he explains. You’ve got to have interest in humanising them but without passing your own judgement. Sport biopics are not new to Kapadia, nor are talented but flawed and tragic subjects. Anyone could have seen the footage. Diego Maradona: Scored 81 goals for Italian side Napoli, “People only remember the latter version of Maradona, his deceit, his drug problems, his obesity,” says director Asif Kapadia. I don't wait around for famous people. As we were making the film I kept thinking, I don't know where this film ends. Asif Kapadia knows you’ve only seen two of his films. Asif Kapadia, Director: The Warrior. No wonder he is like he is. 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. By Adrian Pennington2019-06-05T08:39:00+01:00. We call his people. He wouldn't train. 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. Asif Kapadia, the director of the documentary ’Diego Maradona,’ takes us inside the film, which debuts on HBO on Oct. 1. 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. Kapadia seemed at home; sprawling back on the mauve sofa or leaning forward to sip espresso as we spoke. “I wanted to test myself with somebody who is still around and to tell a different type of story about what happens when you get older if you’re a star.”. Depicting the life and death of the Formula One driver … I'm going home. It might seem that, since Mexico ’86, Maradona has been on a mission to sabotage his legacy. 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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. 0 comment. I made Senna and Amy, and I never met them. Born in 1972 in Hackney, London, Asif Kapadia studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art where he first gained recognition with his short film, The Sheep Thief (1997). He is loquacious, enthusiastic, and naturally inquisitive. 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. “I've come to realise, he has spent his life arriving in new places with great hope, and everyone loves him. The audience is not aware of where we are until the fleet of stampeding Fiat’s arrive in the bowels of an ancient stadium. Interview: Filmmaker Asif Kapadia talks about “AMY” Posted by Ulkar Alakbarova in Interviews // 0 Comments. It’s very organic and evolved. “They forget how incredible he was. His early award-winning films include The Sheep Thief (1997), winner of the 2nd Prize Cinéfondation for Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival I know how sport works. 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. Omar P.L. Amy, Aryton… there’s nothing formulaic about their lives. Asif Kapadia, who was responsible for directing a documentary film on Diego Maradona, has now paid tribute to the late footballer. Fiammetta: From an archive perspective, Diego Maradona presented some specific challenges that maybe were not so … “There was something about me being older and realising the fact I can meet him. “A whole bunch of us go to Dubai – everyone wants to meet him,” Kapadia said. Tomorrow. “It’s very, very emotional for them,” Kapadia told Rabona, having recently returned from publicising the documentary in South America. It's just me, sound recording, and one other person. Also, I like to change my mind and start again which is entirely contrary to how you would direct fiction.”, There’s criticism of the documentary conventions which preceded Senna. He's good, he's good now.’, “So we go back, but this time I don't take a crew. By Prince Yiadom, The question of how to trigger sympathy in the audience was answered by those who were once closest to the young Maradona: There was Diego, the boy from the Buenos Aires slums in search of peace, who wanted nothing more than to play football so he could buy a house for his mother; and there is Maradona, the eruptive genius who dragged Diego out of the slums by the scruff of his neck to become a celestial footballer unlike the world had ever seen. To mark the football icon's death, we republish that interview below. Asif Kapadia interview: on directing Senna Features With the superb documentary Senna out in cinemas now, we met director Asif Kapadia to talk about the feature and its depiction of a F1 legend… We waited a week and we got five minutes with him.”, At that point, Kapadia had accepted that the intro in Dubai was the first and last time they would meet. The first question is answered in the thumping opening credits, montaging Maradona’s early life and career alongside a high-octane and perilous car chase through narrowing cobbled streets. Like his widely feted F1 feature Senna before it, Amy , which tells the story of soul singer Amy Winehouse’s life and career, is an unflinching and engrossing … While negotiations were still ongoing, the project was suddenly given the green light by Maradona’s camp in typically oblique fashion: a post on Maradona’s Facebook page picturing Kapadia receiving his Oscar, and the proclamation that, ‘This man is making a film about me’. The only price Diego had to pay was to disappear forever. The Los Angeles Times "Kapadia… There's one guy. This did the trick. Maradona was not selected in ’78, and was sent off in a disappointing ’82 tournament. In fact, his first memory of television was the ’78 World Cup Final hosted in Argentina and a snowstorm of tickertape. Muhammad Ali, sadly, fought on for too long; not harming his legend, but the agile mind that made him one. He'd never really deal with what happened behind him. What was different, in terms of gathering archive footage, in this film? 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. “Diego is a tricky character but the journey to making a film about him often becomes the film. It won multiple awards. His … Tim Dams finds out what’s next . 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”. Kapadia was losing patience. He'd get done for drugs. “We gave him a gift [a poster of himself] and shook hands and he said, ‘You know, we're going to make a great film together.’ And that was it. He gets into an argument. Both films exploring characters … In this room a lot of it.” We were seated in the modern interior of a London office block, overlooking the city. He'll be fine tomorrow.’, This capricious behaviour was hardly surprising to the crew, but it was costing money. Menu. His first feature The Warrior (2001) was shot in the Himalayas and desert regions of India and in Hindi, winning the BAFTA for Best British Film. 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. Listen to the Podcast. Asif Kapadia is a man who has been busy building his own legend for documentaries that focus on, well, legends. Kapadia is mostly known for his two critically acclaimed feature length documentary films, Senna and Amy. 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. The legend continues. 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. “Years later I made Senna, and in 2012 someone got in touch and said, ‘Would you like to make a film about Maradona? But that wasn’t until years later. “No matter how we edited it, the film always started again every time he arrived in a new city. I have a family, I have a life. A contract was drawn up and it was agreed that Kapadia could have an unprecedented ten hours of interview time with Maradona. Representing both exhibitors and visitors “there was something about me being older and realising the fact I can him. 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