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Still from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

Still from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Apr 2-Jul 3]

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Glenbow Museum
Calgary AB – Apr 2-Jul 3, 2011

Stills from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

Stills from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Apr 2-Jul 3]

Still from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno

Still from Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno [Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB, Apr 2-Jul 3]

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is an art documentary using sound and image to follow every move of French-born soccer player Zinédine Zidane at an April 23, 2005 match in Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Turner Prize-winning Glasgow-born artist and filmmaker Douglas Gordon, in conjunction with French-Algerian artist Philippe Parreno, trained 17 cameras on Zidane then mixed the cuts to create macro shots interspersed with distance views. The film has been described as “the ultimate time and motion study” since its debut at Cannes in 2006.

The attractive Zidane, with his French-Algerian heritage, carries the film superbly with his own complete focus on the ball. Dark, shaved and intense, he is the perfect subject for a study of an athlete, which the filmmaker has called “an exercise in solitude.”

The film combines Gordon’s interest in time-motion studies and traditional portraiture. His work, which writer Dan Hill terms “pitched halfway between film and art,” often employs multiple monitors and performance-based videos. Zidane was named European Player of the year (1998) and was three-time FIFA World Player of the Year. He has been a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador since 2001. Zidane retired from professional soccer after the 2006 World Cup.

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Mia Johnson


 Mon, Apr 4, 2011