Posted in movies on July 8, 2011

Senna

Talk to any Formula One fan and they will be unequivocal in their admiration of Ayrton Senna.

And this stunning documentary goes a long way to explaining just why that is.

Compiled from hours of archive racing footage and interviews and the Senna family's home videos, this is a comprehensive look at the Brazilian's F1 career and it's not just for fans of motor racing. [TheVoid]

The Asif Kapadia-directed documentary Senna made its North American premiere at Sundance where it won the World Cinema Audience Award. It since won Audience Award for Best International Feature at the LA Film Festival, and screened at BAM here in Brooklyn as part of BAMCinemaFest on June 19 (tickets were $13). PDA releases the movie to theaters on August 12, but you don't have to wait that long to see it next...

BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of Senna at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 17 (doors at 4pm, movie at 5pm). That's the flyer above.

If you came to our screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, another movie released by PDA, you know the deal. The venue gets filled with chairs and a screen comes down on the stage. The projector is in the back of the room and the sound system is great.

The screening is first come, first served, and to encourage you to come early, the first 50 people on line will get a free poster (not to mention a better seat). The bar will be serving drinks, and in keeping with the Brazilian theme, we'll also be giving out free Vita Coco. Free movie, free coconut water. You can't go wrong.

Check out the movie trailer and poster below...

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Comments (31)

This is one of the best movies of the year. Saw it at BAMcinemafest and was BLOWN THE FUCK AWAY. Maybe the best sports doc ever made.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 11:11 AM

This is absolutely one of the most uncharacteristic and awesome posts/events I've ever seen on this site. If this is at all intriguing to you, even if you're not an F1 fan, make good on it. It's an incredible film, and may open your eyes to one of the most engaging sports in the world today.

Posted by SLSAMgrrrrr | July 8, 2011 11:17 AM

Saw this at Stranger Than Fiction last month and it is a phenomenal documentary -- well worth seeing regardless of whether or not you care about Formula 1 racing.

Posted by PattiVill | July 8, 2011 11:33 AM

Great documentary but Senna is grossly overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 11:40 AM

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant film.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 11:41 AM

Have to check this film out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 11:45 AM

11:40 is an idiot and should go bury himself in a ditch.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:03 PM

talladega nights?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:13 PM

"11:40 is an idiot and should go bury himself in a ditch."

Why? Because he feels that Senna is overrated? That's his opinion.

I don't think he's overrated but to exclaim what you just did makes you look more like a fool. C'mon now.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:15 PM

"idiot" is brazilian for "awesome".

"go bury himself in a ditch" is brazilian for "get treated to a night of drinks by his friends".

Doy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:29 PM

Nice translation. Doy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:42 PM

I've waited for 10 long years to find a blog that would give honorable credit to the storied history of Brazilian Formula One racing. Three cheers for Senna! Three cheers for BV!

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:57 PM

12:42 ... ah, I'm not that bright but I don't think that the brother's name is "Doy". I think that's more of an exclamation.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 12:58 PM

BTW, we don't speak "brazilian". We speak portuguese

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:12 PM

Seriously? Hipster music blog is screening a documentary about a race-car driver? Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:12 PM

I heart Senna. If you have no idea or don't give a shit about racing — watch this film.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:15 PM

I heart hummus
Brazilian race car driving? that's for fags, totally.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:21 PM

SPAM elsewhere, you freak

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:29 PM

12:15 shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 1:29 PM

1:29: You first.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 2:37 PM

"12:42 ... ah, I'm not that bright but I don't think that the brother's name is "Doy". I think that's more of an exclamation."

Yeah, I know that. I just felt like being an ese and shouting it back.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 2:40 PM

Villenueve!

But I still want to see this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2011 3:46 PM

im assuming this shit has a sick soundtrack...right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 9, 2011 1:36 AM

Is it me or do all of the above glowing comments on this music blog about an obscure racing documentary seem to allude to paid marketing?

Posted by Anonymous | July 13, 2011 5:30 PM

Hey Anonymous! Not so obscure. Google it :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2011 11:16 AM

Villenueve!
He was my hero too! Senna rules the hardest, though.

Posted by Unanymous | July 15, 2011 8:13 PM

Btw, lame-ass with the pedantic hummus bullshit you should che
ck yourself before you fuck with the wrong people we all know where your fag-ass shop is on Waterbury you're too easy to find, mano.

Posted by Capitão Nascimento | July 15, 2011 8:20 PM

Don't think any brazilian will be there though, Brazil is playing at the same time. Hard to not watch a soccer game.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2011 9:42 AM

i hate car racing but i love this man and i love this film. i knew nothing about him or car racing until i saw this film last year. senna was an absolutely brilliant man. i now wish i had seen that race from brazil 93 (even though i hate car racing). stupidly i didnt think car racing was sport. man, is it a sport!!!!

but more importantly the film does justice to fact that no matter how smart you are or how much you know, life always has you by the scruff of the neck.

he also might be the most sexy, beautiful man to walk the earth...

the film is hagiographic at times but he is so damn compelling you forgive the filmmaker. i saw both the 2hr40min and 1hr45min version. the longer version is better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 17, 2011 3:14 PM

Grossly overrated because it is one of those foreign films that does well at the festivals. It is an awesome movie though (documentary w.e).

Posted by 1channel | October 6, 2011 7:54 AM

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