Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait (Zidane, un portrait du XXIe siècle)
'The finest film at Cannes' - The Observer.
Turner Prize-winning artist and filmmaker Gordon teams up with French artist Parreno to create a work glorious in its simplicity: training 17 cameras, both HD and 35mm, all under the supervision of acclaimed cinematographer Darius (Se7en) Khondji, who featured in a Reel Life at EIFF 1999, solely on footballer Zinedine Zidane, over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villareal. We see the legend in action and in repose, follow him around the pitch, sometimes at the centre of action, more often waiting, watching - while, in voice-over, the footballer himself broods over what he can and cannot remember from his matches. Magnificently edited, and accompanied by a majestic score from Scottish rock heroes Mogwai, this is not only the greatest football movie ever made, but one of the finest studies of man in the workplace - an ode to the loneliness of the athlete, the poise and resilience of the human body.