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Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait
Friday, November 28, 2008 - 7:00pm
The Northwest Film Center and the PSU English Department would like to invite you to this month's film screenings for free! With the exception of the Portland International Film Festival, the NW Film Center's screenings are free to all PSU students, faculty and staff.

Film: Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait
France/Iceland 2006
Director: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Pareno

Art stars Douglas Gordon and Philippe Pareno are among the many soccer fans that became fascinated with the Algerian-born Zidane, former captain of the French national squad, during his revolutionary career. Their remarkable filmshot before the headbutt heard around the worldplaces viewers right in the action, as no less than 17 cameras track Zidane's every move and glance one day in April 2005, when his Real Madrid club battled Spanish La Liga opponent Villareal. Filming something in between an art installation and a sports documentary, Gordon and Pareno have re-imagined the experience of a complete game as a study in time and motion of one sweaty, concentrated figure, his movements seemingly choreographed to the drone of a score by the Scottish band Mogwai. According to Gordon, it is a portrait of an anti-hero, though many soccer fans would somewhat disagree. This is portraiture in its purest form, as practiced by Titian or Rembrandt, only made with more recent technology for an audience that consumes its heroes on TV. The Guardian, London. (90 min)

When: Friday, November 28th, 2008
Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Ave)
7:00 pm
Free to PSU students, faculty and staff

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