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April 29, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: DIEGO MARADONA —ASIF KAPADIA

Maradona

"Having never won a major tournament, ailing football giant SSC Napoli had criminally underachieved. Their fanatical support was unequalled in both passion and size. None was more feared. But how they ached for success. On 5th July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Naples for a world-record fee and for seven years all hell broke loose.  The world’s most celebrated football genius and the most dysfunctional city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. Maradona was blessed on the field but cursed off it; the charismatic Argentine, quickly led Naples to their first-ever title.  It was the stuff of dreams. But there was a price; Diego could do as he pleased whilst performing miracles on the pitch, but when the magic faded he became almost a prisoner of the city."

"The third film from the Academy Award and BAFTA-winning team behind Senna and Amy, the film is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive and in the style of Senna and Amy, will be a high-end and definitive feature documentary made with the full support of Maradona. In a city where the devil would have needed bodyguards, Maradona became bigger than God himself. This is the wild and unforgettable story of God-given talent, glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption, and ultimately redemption." 

ASIF KAPADIA

British filmmaker Asif Kapadia came into fame for his 2010 documentary "Senna," about Brazilian motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna, before winning the 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for "Amy," Kapadia's stunning documentary about the late Amy Winehouse. Much more than understanding the proper use of chyrons, Kapadia is a rigorous documentarian with a knack for creating a palpable bond between his subject and his audience. 

"Diego Maradona" will play Outside of Competition (for the Palme d'Or). Diego Maradona is scheduled to attend the festival. 

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July 24, 2018

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August 22, 2017

BATES MOTEL — A&E TELEVISION SERIES

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If there’s a better executed television series that sustains its tension and narrative drive over 50 episodes, I have yet to discover it. Executive produced by Vera Farmiga, with the capable help of a top notch ensemble of producers, editors, and filmmakers, “Bates Motel” pays off big on its high concept of imagining of events leading up to Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking 1960 horror film, albeit with an essential twist of being updated to our modern era.

Vera Farmiga proves herself one of the most talented and hardworking actresses in the business as Norma Bates, a deeply troubled woman with an all too close relationship to her post-pubescent son Norman (Freddie Highmore).

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Set in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, a community fueled by a marijuana industry that the town’s charismatic sheriff Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell) oversees, the serpentine storyline follows a violent if satisfying path. After the recent [suspicious] death of her husband, Norma relocates with Norman when she buys the coastal Seafairer Motel, which becomes the iconic central location for Norman’s not so gradual decent into psychopathic insanity. 

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Max Thieriot is stellar as Norma’s bastard son Dylan whose trajectory takes its own series of revelatory twists. Nestor Carbonell’s resemblance to a young Anthony Perkins circa 1960 adds to the series’ necessary sense of bizarre simile to the Hitchcock classic.

From its pitch-perfect production and costume designs to its well written arc of ebbing climaxes and violent episodes, “Bates Motel” cooks on all burners. There is no overstating the exquisite performances of the series' ensemble of actors, not the least of which are the impeccable portrayals from Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. This is one high-wire act you have to see to believe. Wow.  

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(March 18, 2013 – April 24, 2017) (A+) (Five stars — out of five/no halves)

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