Final Week: “The Guard”; One Week Only: “Senna”; “Fantastic Planet” International Film Festival for Wed, Oct 5

Not just for auto racing fans, this 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, 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. Yet 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 the greatest racing driver of all time – and in Brazil as a Saint. trailer

This week’s entry in the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival is Fantastic Planet (French: La Planète Sauvage, lit. The Wild Planet) A 1973 animated science fiction film directed by René Laloux. The film was an international production between France and Czechoslovakia and won the special jury prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. Slaves and masters dominate the narrative of the faraway world of Ygam. trailer

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