Two nights of screenings are carded at Studiofilmclub for the ttff/11. This year, SFC will be showing films by the acclaimed British filmmaker Asif Kapadia, including his latest, Senna, an award-winning documentary about the late Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna of Brazil.
Studiofilmclub is in the back space of Building 7 at the Fernandes Industrial Centre on the Eastern Main Road. Doors open at 7pm on both nights, and the films begin promptly at 7.30pm. Admission is free.
Thursday 29 September
Senna 2011, UK / 106′
Senna is the story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80’s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French world champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime and spiritual, yet on occasion ruthless, Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brazil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Tragically he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as one of the greatest motor racing drivers of all time—and in Brazil as a saint.
Friday 30 September
The Warrior 2001, UK / 86′
In feudal India, in the state of Rajasthan, is a desert region that is ruled over by a cruel and sadistic lord who, with the help of a handful of equally cruel and fierce warriors, led by Lafcadia, wage a war of terror upon those who do not submit or dare to oppose him. Long-haired Lafcadia is widowed but has a son, Katiba. Once when Katiba is by himself he befriends a young girl, who ties a raakhee on his hand and makes him her brother, and in return he gives her his amulet. When the lord asks Lafcadia to subdue the villagers of Tarang, they carry out his orders. After the raid, while Lafcadia stands by, his warriors rape and loot the villagers. It is then that Lafcadia is surprised by the very same young girl, and it is Katiba’s amulet that saves her from being killed. This incident has a deep impact on Lafcadia and he is forced to make an important decision.