Maradona film opens festival
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Argentinian football icon Diego Maradona is the subject of a new film which is set to open Berlin's Football Film Festival this Friday.

The talented midfielder, whose performances were a feature of Argentina's 1986 FIFA World Cup win, is the subject of a new film Maradona - La mano de dios [Maradona - the Hand of God].

The title refers to the infamous goal Maradona scored to beat England in the quarter-finals of Mexico 86 when he knocked the ball into the net with his hand over England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

The film focuses on the private life of one of the world's most gifted footballers, who played in four FIFA World Cups and was voted FIFA Player of the Century in 2000, but later suffered from obesity and drug addiction.

The biopic by Italian director Marco Risi opens the fifth international Football Film Festival which runs in the German capital between 4-7 April.

Over the four days there will be 40 international films, documentaries and short films shown.