Asif Kapadia - SENNA
The British film director Asif Kapadia has been a workshop leader at NUFF in 2008. When he was visiting Tromsø International Film Festival presenting his film ”Far North”, he showed up at the annual NUFF@TIFF reception and showed his interests to be part of NUFF. Though we could sign him already for NUFF 2008. In occasion of the NUFF’s 10th anniversary we are to have Asif as a guest of honour presenting his recent film success SENNA.
Dokumentary UK 2010 1:26:00
Directed by Asif Kapadia
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, James Gay-Rees
Written by Manish Pandey
Starring Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis
Music by Antonio Pinto
Cinematography: Jake Polonsky
Editing by Chris King, Gregers Sall
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. Far more than a film for F1 fans, SENNA unfolds a remarkable story in a remarkable manner, eschewing many standard documentary techniques in favour of a more cinematic approach that makes full use of astounding footage, much of which is drawn from F1 archives and previously unseen.
Senna was widely acclaimed by critics, with a 92% fresh critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes as of November 2011. Dan Jolin of Empire Magazine gave the film 4 stars out of 5 and stated that it is "ambitiously constructed, deeply compelling, thrilling and in no way only for those who like watching cars drive in circles". Daniel Sarath from the online blog Napier's News gave the film 5 stars and called it "a flawless work of cinema that showcases documentary filmmaking at its most exciting". Alex Zane from The Sun gave the film 4 out of 5 and wrote that Senna is "fascinating and profoundly moving". Steve Rose, writing in The Guardian, also gave the film a 4 out of 5, and praised the fact that "with so much recorded footage of Formula One available, it has been possible to fashion Senna's story as a live action drama rather than a posthumous documentary. We're not so much hearing what happened in the past as seeing it happen before our eyes."
Screening at Verdensteatret Kino Saturday 16th 20:00
Introduction by Martha Otte (TIFF) and Q & A with the Asif Kapadia
Watch the trailer...
ASIF KAPADIA, Director
BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia is known for his visually striking films. He has an interest in exploring the lives of ‘outsiders’: characters living in timeless, extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. His films have been awarded and distributed internationally and show how versatile and expressive British cinema can be.
Born in Hackney, London in 1972, Kapadia studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art where he first gained recognition with his short film The Sheep Thief (1997), which tells the story of a gifted street kid and the family who take him in, made with non-professional actors in Rajasthan, India. The film won many awards including Second Prize at the 1998 Cannes International Film Festival (Cinéfondation), the Grand Prix at the 1997 European Short Film Festival in Brest and Best Director at the Poitiers Film Festival 1997. Kapadia’s distinct visual style continued with his first feature, The Warrior, shot in the deserts of Rajasthan and the snow-capped Himalayas. The Warrior was championed in the British press as ‘epic’ and ‘stunning’ and won two BAFTA awards for Outstanding British Film of the Year and The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director in their First Feature. Far North (2004), based on a dark short story by Sara Maitland, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Kapadia used the epic and brutal arctic landscape to show how desperation and loneliness drive a woman to harm the person she loves the most.
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