Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait

Film/Video

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Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait

Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, 2006

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Fri, Feb 16, 2007 7 PM
Sat, Feb 17, 2007 7 PM
Fri, Feb 16, 2007 8:45 PM
Sat, Feb 17, 2007 8:45 PM

"Sublime...the greatest film about football ever made."--The Observer (U.K.)

After seeing the final cut of the film, French soccer god Zinedine Zidane commented: "I recognize myself in this portrait--it's really me and that's exactly what I live every day at work."

Please note special ticket prices.

Visit the Cam's on Campus lounge before or after the film. It's open with bar service from 6:30 to 10 PM. You can watch mood-setting soccer video clips too.

Weeks before the headbutt heard around the world, Zidane made his big-screen debut at the Cannes Film Festival in this sensational cinematic spectacle by visual artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno. Shot during a Real Madrid match (against Villareal, in April 2005), the film runs the precise length of the game until Zidane leaves the field. The filmmakers placed 17 super-35mm and HD cameras throughout the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, all focusing solely on Zidane, who agreed to become the center of attention for this full-length feature.

Gordon and Parreno translate the relatively inconsequential match into a riveting viewing experience by the absolute focus maintained on Zidane as he goes about his business-concentrating, muttering, shouting, scoring. The memorable soundtrack includes the roar of the 80,000 fans in attendance, arranged and interpreted by Scottish band Mogwai. (35mm, 92 mins.)