Mogwai release ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’

Limited edition two track 10 (Black Spider / Half Time)
Single download (Black Spider) – out 16th October 2006
Album out 6th November 2006

Confirmed football fans, the Glaswegian band are responsible for the perfect soundtrack to Zidane, a portrait of the French footballer by Scottish film director and Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, which was the surprise hit at Cannes Film Festival….

ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT – A film by DOUGLAS GORDON & PHILIPPE PARRENO
Official Selection – Shown Out Of Competition – Cannes Film Festival 2006

UK release date : 29 Sept 2006 (Opening at West End Cinemas, and selected cinemas nationwide)
One of the most acclaimed films in the Cannes Film Festival, ZIDANE: A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT is Douglas Gordon’s and Philippe Parreno’s sensational cinematic portrait of the world famous French football hero Zinédine Zidane.

Zidane cover

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Filmed during a Real Madrid match (versus Villareal on April 23, 2005) in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, its 92-minute length equals the actual game, but contrary to traditional television broadcasts, it is not the ball which is the focal point of the action. Instead, 17 synchronised cameras (under the direction of ace cinematographer Darius Khondji) distributed around the entire stadium are directed solely on Zidane……

The mesmerising soundtrack (which is to be released on November 6th 2006 on Pias) was specially written and recorded by Mogwai post the recording of their acclaimed Mr Beast album which aswell spawned two songs which were included in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice film .

It’s a footballer and football, as you have never seen them before.

“Zidane is the best sports movie I have ever seen and a wonderful film that brilliantly marries up a daringly experimental style with a popular subject.” Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian)

“Sublime, the only film to lift me out of my seat and inject that buzz of discovery for which Cannes is so cherished. It’s the greatest film about football ever made and one of the great films about sport” Gary Younge (The Observer)

In September the band play a sold out night at the Royal Albert Hall and headline gigs in Leicester, Glasgow and Manchester…

  • 21st Leicester Charlotte
  • 22nd London Royal Albert Hall SOLD OUT
  • 23rd Glasgow Barrowlands
  • 24th Manchester Academy
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