Last Updated: May 30, 2008By Tags:

(BY ALI NADERZAD) The film everyone talked about this year in Cannes was Emir Kusturica‘s “Maradonna.” This was a once-in-a-lifetime event for a number of reason. The French love soccer, and especially the festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who came down the steps to welcome the filmmaker and the sports star. Emir Kusturica won two Palme D’ors and was jury president before. And Maradonna is…. Maradonna. If you ask around, you’ll probably often hear that the best player in the whole world was Diego Maradonna. Maradonna is also the classic underdog, forever battling his demons and overcoming a fragility of character only to fall victim to them again. So when Maradonna and Kusturica walked arm-in-arm down the red carpet, it was an emotional moment. They posed for the photographers swaying playfully to the music blasting from the loudspeakers above and did group photos at the top of the stairs. Maradonna’s two daughters and wife accompanied him. Screen Comment has voted this premiere the best and most moving moment at the Cannes Film Festival this year.