Nowness Presents: San Siro
For years the beautiful game has all too often been recorded in a manner totally devoid of beauty, stylishness or creativity. That, thankfully, is changing, as a new wave of publications and films emerge, valuing the nuanced and often un-noticed aspects of football over dull discussions about tactics and transfers. The 2006 film entitled Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait was arguably a ground breaking moment for this new form of football inspired art. Sound-tracked by Glaswegian post-rock band Mogwai, the 90 minute film was achingly arty, flitting between incredible drama and absolute tedium. Yuri Ancarani’s short tribute to Milan’s San Siro stadium is similar in form, but its comparatively short running time makes it altogether more engaging. The Italian filmmaker’s reverent portrait of the imposing Milanese structure highlights its almost futuristic concrete brutalism, whilst juxtaposing the stillness that usually engulfs it with the fervour of a match day.