Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (7/14, 4:45pm)

This wholly immersive cinematic experience transcends the notion of the mere “soccer doc” to become one of the most powerful portraits of human excellence in recent memory!  The French-Algerian soccer star Zinédine Zidane, widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, is the sole on-screen presence covered by 17 individual cameras in this visually intense experimental documentary.  As the film charts Zidane’s moves throughout a single match between his Real Madrid team against Villareal CF — shuttling from expansive stadium-wide views to extreme close-ups of his every twist and turn —  filmmakers Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon (winner of the 1996 Turner Prize) ellipt everything else in the game but Zidane, to crystalline, startling effect.  Using the power of editing, the eagle eye of supervising cinematographer Darius Khondji (Seven, Funny Games) and blissful, trancelike tones from Scottish post-rock heroes Mogwai, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait emerges as one of the finest studies of man in the workplace, an ode to the loneliness of the athlete, and the poise and resilience of the human body.
Dirs. Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno, 2006, 35mm, 91 min.

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