Trailer for Sundance Award-Winning Documentary SENNA

     July 1, 2011


It’s impossible to see everything at Sundance, but I was still bummed that I missed out on Senna, Asif Kapadia’s film that won the World Cinema Audience Award for Documentary.  The film centers on F1 racing legend Ayrton Senna and his achievements off and on the track.  Ramses was floored by the film when he caught at the Los Angeles Film Festival (where it won the Audience Award):

Kapadia purposefully only uses stock footage of Senna, an excellent score, and some bits of voice over to construct a classic film narrative and the final product is amazing. Senna has so many moments that will give you chills and it is all due to the way that Kapadia is able to manipulate all of this stock footage.

Hit the jump to watch.

Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD.  Senna opens August 12th.


Here’s the official synopsis for Senna:

Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievements on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of SENNA, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later. Far more than a film for F1 fans, SENNA unfolds a remarkable story in a remarkable manner, eschewing many standard documentary techniques in favor of a more cinematic approach that makes full use of astounding footage, much of which is drawn from F1 archives and previously unseen.



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