Oscar-winner Asif Kapadia to direct documentary on Roger Federer


In a move that has sent waves of excitement through the world of sports documentaries, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia has embarked on a new project that delves into the poignant final strides of Roger Federer’s illustrious tennis career. As reported by Deadline, Kapadia, renowned for his soul-stirring storytelling, is at the helm of a forthcoming Prime Video documentary that intimately captures the last 12 days leading up to Federer’s retirement—a time of reflection for a legend bidding adieu to the courts that immortalized his name.

The yet-to-be-titled documentary is envisaged as a feature-length journey, presenting an unprecedented, up-close look at the Swiss maestro, whose name is synonymous with grace, precision, and a gentlemanly demeanor that charmed the hearts of millions. Federer, a maestro with a racket, has carved his name not only on trophies but also into the annals of history as arguably the greatest tennis player to grace the game.

Federer himself opened up about the project, revealing the initial intention behind the recording. “Initially, the idea was to capture the final moments of my professional tennis career so that I could have it later on to show my family and friends,” he recalled. Throughout his career, Federer maintained a private stance, seldom allowing cameras to intrude upon his personal sphere, particularly during pivotal moments. Yet, in these closing stages, he saw little harm, as the footage was originally not earmarked for public viewing. As the shooting progressed, however, the wealth of profound and powerful moments transcended its original purpose, morphing into a deeply personal odyssey.

Reflecting on the decision to release the documentary to a global audience, Federer expressed contentment at partnering with Prime Video, noting its extensive global reach and influential stature in the film industry. Federer’s expectation is clear: to ensure that the story of his farewell resonates not only with tennis aficionados but also captivates a global viewership.

An interesting twist in the tale of the documentary’s conception was shared by Amazon. The retail giant described the documentary as having begun its life as a “home video never intended for public viewing” and emphasized how it reveals Federer at his most vulnerable and frank state—saying goodbye to the sport that shaped the last twenty years of his life.

The documentary will showcase the intimate moments of a champion whose career has been studded with 20 Grand Slam titles—including a historic eight triumphs at Wimbledon. Federer’s legacy, currently third in the all-time greats list behind Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, exceeds mere statistics; it is etched in the elegance of his play and the uprightness of his sportsmanship.

The task of encapsulating such an iconic figure’s concluding chapter falls on the shoulders of Kapadia, whose prowess in documentary filmmaking is well-documented. His previous works include the haunting ‘Amy’ about the late singer Amy Winehouse, which earned him the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2016. His craft in portraying sporting legends is also renowned, with insightful films on soccer maestro Diego Maradona, Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, and the celebrated footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Partnering with Kapadia as co-director is Joe Sabia, and together, under the banner of Kapadia’s Lafcadia Productions, they are poised to deliver a film of remarkable depth and intimacy. Deadline reports Kapadia and George Chignel as the principal producers of this much-anticipated documentary.

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The sports world eagerly anticipates this introspective glance into the final days of a tennis colossus who captivated and inspired an entire generation. This documentary promises to be a fitting tribute to the legacy of Roger Federer, captured by Asif Kapadia’s discerning lens—a farewell befitting a true champion.

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