Unless you were lucky enough to catch “Senna” in limited release at art theaters, or to see it at the Sundance Film Festival or South by Southwest, chances are good you haven’t seen the movie. It looked like that would be the case for most of us, since director Asif Kapadia was told that Americans didn’t know who Senna was and didn’t have an interest in Formula One. It’s likely that the movie would never have been released in the U.S., except for a very fortunate string of events. First, the film took the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and garnered praise from LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan. Next, it swept the SXSW festival in Austin, selling out faster than any film in SXSW history. That was enough proof for Kapadia, who announced that he’d pursue a general release of the film for early summer. Watch the trailer below.
If the film is half as good as the trailer, it will be stunning. Senna’s life and career was best summed up by Alain Prost when he said, “Ayrton has a small problem; he thinks that he can’t kill himself.” Unlike any F1 driver since, Senna drove to win at all costs, and those of us who followed the sport seemed to understand that his death behind the wheel was inevitable. Senna simply wasn’t capable of giving less that 100% when he climbed in a car, regardless of the risk or the conditions, and sooner or later luck runs out. Unlike other biopics, “Senna” was made using archival footage from Formula One and from the Senna family, which should paint a picture of the man Senna was like no actor possibly could. I can’t wait to see the film.
Source: Hemmings Blog