DIRECTV has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights of the “Diego Maradona” documentary film that will be available for all its subscribers on all DIRECTV platforms, including its exclusive channel OnDIRECTV.
The documentary was directed by Asif Kapadia, who also directed the biographical films of Ayrton Senna (Senna, 2010) and Amy Winehouse (Amy, 2015), which have won several awards granted by various organizations. It was made from over 500 hours of previously unreleased material which Maradona himself handed over so that the British director would be able to share more information to what is already known about his life. The documentary depicts the Argentine soccer player´s life from his beginnings in the sport up to his triumphant term in Naples.
“Kapadia’s art fully captures the contradictions of Maradona’s legendary achievements as well as his life outside the playing field. Beyond any personal opinion on the football player, this film must be seen”, said Willard Tressel, OnDIRECTV General Manager.
OnDIRECTV is reaffirming its commitment with documentary films after the exclusive broadcasting of Amy, the 2015 multiple award-winning film and others such as “The Clinton Affair”, “The Kennedy Files”, “Pope, the most powerful man in history”, “Weinstein, The Inside Story”, “Harry & Meghan, A Very Modern Romance” or “The Vietnam War.” Other contents include European series, films, concerts and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, among other highlights.
The official première of film took place at the Cannes Festival to be held from May 14 to 25. The deal was negotiated by Cinetic Media and Altitude on behalf of the filmmakers.