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Repost-Opening Today: Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

Perhaps the most original and technically striking films I saw at Rotterdam was Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. A truly original style of documentary, the filmmakers trained 17 cameras of various type on one man during a football (soccer) match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and their league opponents Villareal. That man was Zinédine Zidane, the French maestro of the midfield who is one of, if not the greatest, players of his generation.
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Read the rest of my review from the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival, here.

IFFR 07: Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

Perhaps the most original and technically striking films I saw at Rotterdam was Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. A truly original style of documentary, the filmmakers trained 17 cameras of various type on one man during a football (soccer) match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and their league opponents Villareal. That man was Zinédine Zidane, the French maestro of the midfield who is one of, if not the greatest players of his generation.
An integral part of the French triumph in the 1998 World Cup, ‘Zizou,’ as he is known, retired under somewhat ignominious circumstances following France’s loss in the final match of the 2006 Cup but that hardly dulls what was an extraordinary career on the pitch and by isolating the man Zidane attempts to capture something of what it is to be Zidane. For the 80-odd minutes he is on the pitch (Zidane gets ejected for a red card foul before the end of the match), the film does exactly that.
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The Prodigal Son Returns…Maybe – Michael Owen Tipped To Return To Liverpool

35940.jpgLike sands through an hourglass, these are the days of…Michael Owen. With many big name transfers already completed, including Luis Figo to Inter, Robinho and Baptista to Real Madrid (see where I’m going with this?) Bolo and Momo to Liverpool and Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelski, the biggest move still on the fire is, of course, Wonder Boy’s possible return to the place of his birth as a footballer, Anfield. Will it happen? We’ll see…

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