Who else than local football great Zinedine Zidane to embody Marseille’s unique spirit: its multicultural heritage, pure class, genial flair with a dash of indiscipline? This feature documentary by video artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno should appeal beyond the football fanatics. The premise is simple: 17 HD cameras film a single game of football focusing entirely on one player on the field, ‘Zizou’. The result is unexpected. Beautiful, poetic, often hypnotic, ‘Zidane’ evokes the grunt, the harshness and ultimately the loneliness of being a football star on the field. (Spoiler ahead.) Oh, and it ends with a red card.

Directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno with Anna Lena Films.
Soundtrack by Scottish band Mogwai.
2006