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Video: Senna film wins award at Sundance Film Festival

Submitted by on February 1, 2011

The movie Senna has won the World Cinema Audience Award at the famous Sundance Film Festival.

On top of that reviews from the US media have been overwhelmingly positive and the film looks set to be a big hit even for non racing fans.

The Los Angeles Times had this to say about the film after an early screening at Sundance.

“Sometimes a documentary will unexpectedly reach out and grab you by the throat, not giving you a second to breathe,” wrote Kenneth Turan in the LA Times. “That’s that way it was with ‘Senna.'”

The Hollywood Reporter said: “His dramatic life story merits the attention it receives in this unexpected and very good documentary.”

Here is the official film bio about Senna via the Sundance Site

“The story of Ayrton Senna, perhaps the greatest race car driver who ever lived, is an epic tale that literally twists at every turn. In the mid 1980s, Senna, a young, gifted driver, exploded onto the world of Formula One racing. As a Brazilian in a predominantly European sport, a purist in a world polluted with backroom deals, and a man of faith in an arena filled with cynicism, Senna had to fight hard—both on and off the track. Facing titanic struggles, he conquered Formula One and became a global icon who was idolized in his home country.
Told solely through the use of archival footage, Asif Kapadia’s documentary is a thrill ride worthy of its daring subject. Adrenaline will be pumping as cameras from inside Senna’s car put you smack-dab in the driver’s seat. Buckle your seat belt; Senna will take you on a trip you do not want to miss.

For a version of the trailer with English captions, click here

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