Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Introduced by critic Eric Hynes
Followed by roundtable discussion with Reverse Shot writers and special guests

Dir. Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno. 2006, 90 mins. 35mm. Edited from footage shot by seventeen cameras over the course of one soccer match, this astonishing nonfiction experiment keeps a tight focus only on the iconic French-Algerian soccer star Zinédine Zidane, eliding all other players (including a barely glanced David Beckham) and details of the game in favor of a singularly sensational and cubistically mediated portrait of the athlete. Visually stunning and sonically extraordinary, Zidane is more than a reinvention of the sports film, it is a nimble manifesto on cinema, time, and the swiftly expiring narrative of our lives. This screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring several Reverse Shot critics and other special guests.

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