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Maradona in Cannes: "more than a star - a god"

One of our Observers at Cannes got a place at the viewing of the , by Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica. A quick juggle with the ball and a 20-minute-long standing ovation before the start of the film; the "god" hasn't lost his touch...

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Photo: Street Art from Argentina

One of our Observers at Cannes got a place at the viewing of the documentary on football star Maradona, by Palme d'Or winner Emir Kusturica, screened on Wednesday 21. A quick juggle with the ball and a 20-minute-long standing ovation before the start of the film; the "god" hasn't lost his touch...

Jonathan Kugel, working as an intern on the Un Certain Regard selection, is one of our Observers at the Cannes backstage.

I managed to get to watch the projection on Wednesday [May 21] of Kusturica, the film about Maradona. It was an unforgettable experience. Once Maradona arrived, no one else existed. He's more than a star - he's a god. Even Spike Lee was held back by the bouncers when he tried to get close. The atmosphere was crazy: "Olé olé olé olé DIEGO DIEGO olé olé DIEGO" ... When Diego Maradona arrived in the room a standing ovation began and went on for twenty minutes. Then during the film the atmosphere was electric. At each goal, the crowd howled. I felt I was actually in the film itself. Even if I considered that the film could have been better, he knew to choose a film that would get a reaction out of the public (even from those at Cannes who are generally more reserved). He transformed one of the most prestigious festival rooms in the world into an Argentine football stadium. What a great success."

The trailer for the film

Via Allocine.

Juggling on the red carpet

19 May 2008

A few clips from "the making of"

Maradona guest stars at Kusturica's concert

Concert in Mougins, France, on 20 May 08 at "four in the morning". Posted by "23production" on the May 21.

In the glory of Maradona...

A little shrine in Maradona's glory. (Naples, Italy).

Photo: Peter Fuchs.

 

The icon.

Photo: Street Art from Argentina