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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

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2006 / 90min / DCP

DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS GORDON & PHILIPPE PARRENO

CAST: ZINEDINE ZIDANE, DAVID BECKHAM

Following a firm formal conceit, this collaboration between Parreno and Turner Prize-winning filmmaker Gordon leads to one of the most distinctive and hypnotic sports documentaries ever made, using seventeen cameras—twelve 35mm, two 16mm, and two digital, two of which were equipped with zoom prototypes made by Panavision—to follow the every move of legendary French footballer Zinedine Zidane in real time through the length of a match between Real Madrid and Villareal on April 23, 2005. The result, given a consistent visual tone by Khondji, illustrates how essential every second is on the pitch, and the total concentration demanded by peak performance.

Screening as a part of Darius Khondji.