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Álex de la Iglesia anticipates details of Messi’s film

Álex de la Iglesia shooting soccer star Lionel Messi’s film in Argentina.

Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia, who has been in Rosario, Santa Fe province, shooting a documentary film about soccer star Lionel Messi was named Distinguished Guest in Rosario.

“The aim of this documentary film is to tell Messi’s story from a close point of view, where was he born and how Messi’s myth began,” said the filmmaker after being honoured.

Barcelona star Messi is probably one of the most famous Argentine figures worldwide, along Pope Francis and former soccer player Diego Maradona.

During a press conference, De la Iglesia stated: “the film will have some of my characteristics but my objective is to make a film faithful to Messi’s spirit and I don’t want to damage it with my fixations.”

Regarding the storyline, he explained that the movie is in fact directed by the interviewees, by the people who has bonds with Messi. “The script is based on the interviews and our research about the characters who define the origin of the soccer player.”

For example, De la Iglesia said that a group of friends of Messi told him beautiful things which he haden’t planned, such as a precious sequence in a cemetery.

“There Lionel goes with his friends to the cemetery to visit his grandmother’s grave and he puts his life in risk: little as he is, he goes on a long trip to the cemetery and when he arrives, he realizes how important his grandmother is for him,” explained the director. “We see why he dedicates his triunphs to her.”

De la Iglesia added that the documentary film won’t have Messi’s voice, neither his family members because, until now, they have decided not to participate, but they know about the project.

The production team confirmed that composer Joan Valent will be in charge of the score. He is a usual collaborator of De la Iglesia. The script was written by former soccer player Jorge Valdano who, like Messi, was born in Rosario.

The release date is not scheduled yet but it is expected to take place prior to the World Cup which begins in June in Brazil.

— Herald with Télam

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