Skip to main content

ZIZEK!

USA / Canada, 2005 (MIFF 2006, Documentaries)

Director: Astra Taylor

“We can all come away comforted that in academia, as in poetry and science, adored ‘rock stars' can be old, paunchy, and less than beautiful.” - Village Voice

Philosopher, Slavoj Zizek, is one of the most important - and outrageous - cultural theorists working today, spouting a fusion of Marxist theory and that of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. This captivating and erudite documentary explores the eccentric personality and esoteric work of Zizek who came close to being elected president of a newly independent Slovenia.

Filmmaker Astra Taylor traipses after the seemingly tireless Zizek with camera in hand on a continent-hopping lecture tour. Even off the stage, Zizek nevers stops talking. Spit flies and words trip over each other as he waxes lyrical on everything - Stalin, utopianism, Alfred Hitchcock, love, commercial culture, faith, suicide, politics and, last but not least, himself.

“Subject is a bearded, sweating, antisocial, eminently quotable bear of a man who throws out ideas in a heavily accented lisp.” - Variety

D Astra Taylor P Lawrence Konner WS Documentary Campaign TD video/2005/71mins

Astra Taylor was born in Winnipeg, USA, in 1979. Zizek! (2005). Her films include The Miracle Tree (2001, doco).

See also...

EXAMINED LIFE

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates ... Taking her cue from Socrates's famous quote, documentary filmmaker Astra Taylor follows up her last philosophical film adventure, Zizek ... More »

MYSTIC BALL

A chance encounter with an exotic cane ball led Greg Hamilton deep into the culture of Myanmar (Burma) via the unusual ancient sport of Chinlone, the subject of this warm-hearted docu-mentary. A ... More »

fall of fujimori, the

"With remarkable access and a steely, clinical attitude toward her all-too-ingratiating subject, filmmaker Ellen Perry delivers an intimate and deeply disturbing portrait of Peruvian ex-president ... More »

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

“An engrossing account of American soccer's strangest episode — and you don't even have to like football to enjoy it.” - Empire In 1971, Warner Bros mogul Steve Ross found a passion for a ... More »

KZ

KZ was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. How do people live with the ghosts of the past? How do you live your life knowing that, in the very recent past ... More »

I FOR INDIA

In 1965, Yash Pal Suri left India for the UK. The first thing he did on his arrival in England was buy two Super 8 cameras, two projectors and two reel-to-reel recorders. One set of equipment he sent ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director