Archive of films Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait / Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle

France / Iceland
2006, 91 min

Section: Cinema Gallery
Year: 2007

A conceptual and artistic documentary which follows the footballing legend close up during the course of an entire match. The creators of this ode to the charismatic and controversial athlete are stars of the fine-art world Douglas Gordon (24 Hour Psycho) and Philippe Parreno; the soundtrack was recorded by famous Scottish post-rockers Mogwai.


Presenting a different approach to the sports film, artists Gordon and Parreno created a real time portrait and in-depth film focusing on one of the greatest soccer players of the century, Zinédine Zidane. During the entire 92 minutes of a Real Madrid vs. Villarreal match, seventeen super-35mm Scope format and High Definition cameras were set around the Bernabeu stadium focusing solely on Zidane. In this film, the viewers are plunged into all facets of the universe, the psychology and the body of an athlete in action – an incomparable and breathtaking experience. Gordon & Parreno put together a strong team for the project: the Director of Photography for this conceptual documentary is Darius Khondji (Seven, Alien: Resurrection), aided by cameramen who worked with Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese. The soundtrack was recorded by Scottish post-rockers Mogwai, with editing by Hervé Schneid (Amelie), and sound by Tom Johnson (King Kong, Requiem for a Dream).

About the director

The work of Douglas Gordon (b. Glasgow) epitomises a new fluidity which has developed between video and film in contemporary art. Gordon was awarded the Turner Prize in London (1996), the Premio 2000 at the Venice Biennale (1997) and the Hugo Boss Prize in New York (1998). He created a 24-hour version of Hitchcock’s Psycho entitled 24 Hour Psycho (1993). French artist Philippe Parreno, based in Paris, creates works which examine the nature of the image. He often draws on existing material and enriches it with his own, mostly narrative ideas.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Cinema Gallery
Director: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno
Dir. of Photography: Darius Khondji
Music: Mogwai
Editor: Hervé Schneid
Production: Anne Lena Films, Neflastrengir
Cast: Zinédine Zidane
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