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SENNA (M)

UK, 2010 (MIFF 2011, This Sporting Life)

Director: Asif Kapadia

SENNA (M)

"A high-octane bio of one of auto racing's greatest figures." - Variety

Brazilian motor racing champion Ayrton Senna is widely regarded as the greatest driver ever to get behind the wheel. The winner of three Formula One championships, he was just 34 when a tragic racing accident claimed his life.

Starting with Senna's early days as a teen go-kart racer, this tightly paced documentary charts Senna's meteoric rise to F1 competition, first as a driver for McLaren - alongside his soon-to-be arch-rival Alain Prost - and later for Williams Renault.

Filmmaker Asif Kapadia eschews the talking head interviews that normally dominate biopics, opting instead to tell Senna's story purely through archival film - including heart-thumping footage captured by car-mounted cameras - flawlessly edited to recreate the kinetic momentum of Formula One.

D Asif Kapadia P James Gay Rees, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner S Manish Pandey Dist Universal Pictures L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010


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