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Senna movie goes down a storm at Sundance Festival
Jan 24, 2011, 2:14 PM

The movie about Ayrton Senna, which we have chronicled extensively on this site, has had a very positive reception at the celebrated Sundance Film ...

The movie about Ayrton Senna, which we have chronicled extensively on this site, has had a very positive reception at the celebrated Sundance Film Festival in America.

The film is shortlisted for best world documentary and is in a very competitive field, but it has been glowingly reviewed by the LA Times critic, who attended the Sundance screening.

"Sometimes a documentary will unexpectedly reach out and grab you by the throat, not giving you a second to breathe," wrote Kenneth Turan of the LA Times. "That's that way it was with "Senna," which had its North American premiere Friday night in Sundance's world documentary competition.

"Told solely through the use of archival footage, "Senna" is bursting with great racing sequences, many dealing with his bitter rivalry with French champion Alain Prost. But what makes this film so riveting is the remarkable personality of the man himself.

"Someone who just flat-out loved to drive, Senna was a purist who had complete disdain for the politics that had to be played in the cliquish Formula One world. Though he drove like the devil, he was a spiritual person who believed deeply and profoundly in a higher power. A philosophical mystic with a jewel thief's nerves and a poet's sensitivity (and good looks), Senna was an altogether remarkable human being."

Senna director Asif Kapadia and writer/producer Manish Pandey are out at Sundance. A good response at Sundance is likely to make for a wider US distribution for the movie. It is due to open in Italy shortly and then in the UK in June.

We're working on a special JA on F1 screening in London in early May, so keep an eye out for more details on that, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
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