While Lionel Messi has just signed up with the Paris Saint-Germain club, focus on the documentary that Alex de la Iglesia devoted in 2014 to the famous Argentine footballer. Available on the Amazon Prime Video service.
This is the footballing event of the moment: Lionel Messi has just signed up for the Paris Saint-Germain club. The opportunity to recall that a documentary devoted to the Argentine striker was produced in 2014 by Álex de la Iglesia, to whom we owe in particular The Day of the Beast, My dear neighbors and The Crime farpait.
Available on the Amazon Prime Video service, the documentary Messi looks back on the rise of the Argentine player, from his youth in Rosario to his years of glory in the ranks of FC Barcelona. Screened as a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it does not benefit from the star’s intervention in person (who however dubbed the film) but offers an interesting bias.
Messi indeed has the particularity of seeing big names in football (Johan Cruyff, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué …) share their passion for the star around a good dinner. It was by thinking back to the Broadway feature film Danny Rose by Woody Allen, in which a troupe of actors, in a restaurant, reminisces about the affairs of an impresario, that Alex de la Iglesia had this idea.
Not a true football fan, Álex de la Iglesia agreed to make this documentary because he was both intrigued by the mystery surrounding the very discreet Lionel Messi and by the fact that the player polarizes opinion. “Half of the people love Messi. The other half of the people hate Messi”, declared the Spanish filmmaker to The Independent. “He is a player who leaves no one indifferent.”
The trailer for the documentary “Messi”: