In the 80s, director Gil de Kermadec attempted to use film as means of analysing the game. His meticulously shot footage of John McEnroe matches during the French Open forms the starting point for an ironic look at the parallels between film and the sporting world: cinema lies, sport does not.
Composed of 16mm footage shot at the French Open in 1984, Julien Faraut’s documentary is an evocative portrait of tennis’s foremost showman. Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, the film penetrates McEnroe’s brilliance through archival footage by considering both his physicality and psychology.
Errol Morris, 2008, United States
Guy Maddin, 2007, Canada
Alain Resnais, 1956, France
Dziga Vertov, 1929, Soviet Union
Chris Marker, 1983, France
Jia Zhangke, 2008, China
Jørgen Leth,Lars von Trier, 2003, Denmark
Wim Wenders, 1982, West Germany
Stephen Kijak, 2006, United Kingdom
Steven Sebring, 2008, United States