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Emir Kusturica’s docu about Maradona – 61st Cannes Film Festival

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Emir Kusturica’s docu about Maradona – 61st Cannes Film Festival

Maradona and Kusturica

New film ‘Maradona‘ directed by the award-winning Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, in a few days, during the press conference of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, will finally have the premiere – out of competition/special screenings.

The famous Argentine football player Diego Maradona should also be present during the festival.

The huge delay on this film can be partly explained by the difficulties that Emir Kusturica has had to gather the rights on the numerous archive tapes he wanted to use.

Emir Kusturica, Diego Maradona, Manu Chao Emir Kusturica, Diego Maradona, Manu Chao Emir Kusturica, Diego Maradona, Manu Chao Emir Kusturica, Diego Maradona

Often considered as the best football player in the world, Diego Maradona is also known for his addiction to drugs. Wishing to show his true face, Emir Kusturica signs in this film an intimate portrait of the Pibe de Oro.

UPDATE 05/21/2008

Diego Maradona and Emir Kusturica about ‘Maradona‘ film

Kusturica has talked of this project several times :

”It is the first film that will treat all the aspects of the life of Maradona.

The film will be very complex to make, because I want to show the true personality of Maradona. Football is a science of great mathematical precision!

The film ends when the former football player is in good health, and has no more addiction to drugs.

We will shoot in the Aztec Stadium in Mexico, where Diego scored one of his most famous goals, during the World Cup 1986 against the English team”.

Former member of the band “Mano Negra”, Manu Chao composed great song for this documentary, ‘La vida es una tombola‘ (‘The Life is Gamble’)

“We met all the three in Naples and it was wonderful. Emir wanted me to sing “Santa Maradona”, but I didn’t like the idea, so I composed a new song,” said Manu Chao.

‘La vida es una tombola’ – Manu Chao

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